Show Me a Sign
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.
JLG Release: Jul 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Schneider Family Book Award for Best Middle Grades Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.1; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: Against Children , Discrimination: Ableism , Discrimination: Disability , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Child Abuse
Deaf children, Chilmark, Massachusetts, Kidnapping victims, Identity, Human experimentation in medicine, Sign language, Deaf community, People with disabilities, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Nineteenth-century US history,