Show Me a Signby Ann Clare LeZotte
- Grades: 4 - 7
- Ages: 9 - 12
- Format: Hardcover Book
Mary has grown up on Martha’s Vineyard—in a 19th century community where the people speak in sign language and are proud of their deaf heritage. But trouble is on the way.…
Lyrical Historical Novel with a Resilient Heroine, Vivid Portrait of a Remarkable Community, Discussing Discrimination Against Deaf People, #OwnVoices Narrative
Topics and Themes:
Deafness, Disability, Sign Language, Martha’s Vineyard, English Settlers, Wampanoag People, Prejudice, Unethical Medical Studies and Experiments, Courage, 19th Century American History
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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.
Deaf author and librarian 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—making readers question their own ideas about what is “normal.”