Show Me a Sign


By Ann Clare LeZotte

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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.
* "Mary's dramatic adventure will enthrall readers, but her internal equally important, and profound." — The Horn Book, starred review
* "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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