Show Me a Sign

Show Me a Sign

eBook - 2020
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* "A must-read." — Kirkus Review, starred review
"LeZotte's novel is more than just a page-turner. Well researched and spare... sensitive... relevant... Middle-grade readers of every age will find a girl to root for who is asking all the right questions." — Newbery Medalist, Meg Medina for the New York Times
"A triumph." — Brian Selznick, creator of Wonderstruck and the Caldecott Honor Book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her great-great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there — including Mary — are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage.
But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment. Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this penetrating and poignant novel that probes our perceptions of ability and disability. It will make you forever question your own ideas about what is normal.
* "Expertly crafted...exceptionally written." — School Library Journal, starred review
* "Engrossing." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This book blew me away." — Alex Gino, Stonewall Award-winning author of George
"Spend time in Mary's world. You'll be better for it." — Erin Entrada Kelly, author of the Newbery Award Winner, Hello, Universe

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"A bedtime tale told well in signs can reignite a flame in one's soul." p 191

"Deafness is not an affliction. The only thing it stops me from doing is hearing." p 85

"We are find as we were made." p 48

"Silence. I'm sure that many hearing people, especially those who don't know the dear, imagine our lives are filled with silence. That's not true. If my mind and heart are full of energy and fun, and I'm looking ahead with excitement, I don't feel silent at all. I buzz like a bee in good times. Only in bad times, when I am numb and full of sadness, does everything turn silent." p 45

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