The Silence Between Us
Moving halfway across the country to Colorado right before senior year isn't Maya's idea of a good time. Leaving behind Pratt School for the Deaf where she's been a student for years to attend a hearing school is even worse.
And then there's Beau Watson, Engelmann's student body president and overachiever. Maya suspects Beau's got a hidden agenda when he starts learning ASL to converse with her, but she also can't deny it's nice to sign with someone amongst all the lip reading she has to do with her hearing teachers and classmates. Maya has always been told that Deaf/hearing relationships never work, and yet she can't help but be drawn to Beau as they spend more and more time together.
But as much Maya and Beau genuinely start to feel for one another, there are unmistakable differences in their worlds. When Maya passes up a chance to receive a cochlear implant, Beau doesn't understand why Maya wouldn't want to hear again. Maya is hurt Beau would want her to be anything but who she is-she's always been proud to be Deaf, something Beau won't ever be able to understand. Maya has to figure out whether bridging that gap between the Deaf and hearing worlds will be worth it, or if staying true to herself matters more.
Q&A with the author. Note about cochlear implants.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
Awards & Honors
Schneider Family Book Award Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
5 1/2" x 8 1/3"
Level 6.3; Points: 11;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A