The Silence Between Us

By: Alison Gervais

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.

ISBN: 9780310766162

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Deaf and Hard of Hearing people , Deafness and hearing loss , Romance , Coming of age , Friendship , Family , College choice

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Awards & Honors

Schneider Family Book Award Honoree - 2020

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Moving halfway across the country and changing schools senior year would be hard enough for anyone, but for Maya, moving from a Deaf school to a hearing school is one adjustment too many. At her Deaf school, people didn’t stare or shout at her, and all the misconceptions about the Deaf didn’t rear their ugly heads whenever she was signing to he Moving halfway across the country and changing schools senior year would be hard enough for anyone, but for Maya, moving from a Deaf school to a hearing school is one adjustment too many. At her Deaf school, people didn’t stare or shout at her, and all the misconceptions about the Deaf didn’t rear their ugly heads whenever she was signing to her interpreter or trying to lip-read. And then there’s Beau, who makes it his mission to learn to sign to her the first day of school. Maya assumes he’s one of the “populars” who only feels sorry for her and is trying to make himself look good. Besides, Maya doesn’t have time to make new friends. She is focused on getting into a good respiratory therapy program in college so she can help people like her little brother Connor, who has cystic fibrosis. Can Maya let go and trust someone to care about her just as she is? Gervais has written a captivating novel that sheds light on how hearing and Deaf cultures make assumptions about each other or are stereotyped, woven into a teen love story. American Sign Language is utilized throughout the book, with Maya’s thoughts and words easily discernible. Teens will relate to the issues of parental influence, peer pressures, and first loves, but also revealed is a deeper understanding of what it means to be different in a world where sameness is the standard. A solid addition to middle/high school fiction that allows for deep discussion about stereotypes concerning disabilities.

Book Details

ISBN

9780310766162

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/3"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.3; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Blink

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, Deafness and hearing loss, Romance, Coming of age, Friendship, Family, College choice,

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