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Show Me a Sign

ISBN: 9781338255829

Author: Ann Clare LeZotte

Illustrator: N/A

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Grades

Grade 7, Grade 8

Ages

12-13

Language

English

Book Type

Novel

Format

Paperback

Pages

288

Dimensions

5.5x8.25

Description

Deaf author Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.

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.

Themes

Prejudice & Racisim, Overcoming Obstacles, History, Special Needs, Death & Grief, Family, Culture & Diversity, Indigenous People

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