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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J LEZ (Text) 33500013215165 Main Checked out 08/12/2021
Moorhead Public Library J LEZ (Text) 33500013215173 Main Checked out 08/05/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781338255836
  • ISBN: 1338255819
  • ISBN: 9781338255812
  • Physical Description: pages cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.

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Summary, etc.: It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12. Scholastic Press.
Grades 4-6. Scholastic Press.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    Mary Lambert, 11, narrates this story, set in the early nineteenth century, about Chilmark, a community on Martha's Vineyard. One in four residents are deaf, and everyone speaks Martha's Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL). Into this community comes Andrew Noble, a young Boston scientist who wants to study the Deaf population in order to pinpoint an external cause for the deafness. He is arrogant and condescending, and he manages to offend almost everyone. Dissatisfied with his research, Andrew kidnaps Mary and takes her to Boston as a "live specimen." Although subjected to horrible treatment, Mary makes her way home. LeZotte's portrayal of Mary is precise and thoughtful, as the girl absorbs and analyzes everything she experiences. LeZotte's depiction of language is striking—the reader sees the difference in conversations in spoken English and MVSL—and she thoughtfully addresses tensions among the white, Black, and Wampanoag people who share the island. LeZotte, who is Deaf, makes the point that nothing should stand in the way of building community and seeking equality, a sentiment that resonates today. Though, like today, there are still no easy answers. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    Mary Lambert, 11, narrates this story, set in the early nineteenth century, about Chilmark, a community on Martha's Vineyard. One in four residents are deaf, and everyone speaks Martha's Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL). Into this community comes Andrew Noble, a young Boston scientist who wants to study the Deaf population in order to pinpoint an external cause for the deafness. He is arrogant and condescending, and he manages to offend almost everyone. Dissatisfied with his research, Andrew kidnaps Mary and takes her to Boston as a "live specimen." Although subjected to horrible treatment, Mary makes her way home. LeZotte's portrayal of Mary is precise and thoughtful, as the girl absorbs and analyzes everything she experiences. LeZotte's depiction of language is striking—the reader sees the difference in conversations in spoken English and MVSL—and she thoughtfully addresses tensions among the white, Black, and Wampanoag people who share the island. LeZotte, who is Deaf, makes the point that nothing should stand in the way of building community and seeking equality, a sentiment that resonates today. Though, like today, there are still no easy answers. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ann Clare LeZotte is the author of the Schneider Family Book Award-winning novel Show Me a Sign, which was named a best book of the year by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library and American Indians in Children's Literature, and was a finalist for the New England Independent Booksellers Association and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards.

A passionate advocate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as underserved youth from marginalized communities, Ann worked for many years as a youth librarian in Gainesville, Florida. Ann says, "During the pandemic, I've kept in touch with Deaf library youth at home with families who don’t sign. The isolation is real -- there will be a long-lasting gap. It’s getting harder to tell them all their dreams can come true. But continuing Mary Lambert’s story, the darkness and the light, shows them that they’re still counted in." In her free time, Ann enjoys yoga and walking her dog Perkins.

Subject: Deaf children Massachusetts Chilmark Juvenile fiction
Kidnapping victims Juvenile fiction
Identity (Psychology) Juvenile fiction
Human experimentation in medicine Juvenile fiction
Sign language Juvenile fiction
Chilmark (Mass.) History 19th century Juvenile fiction
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) History 19th century Juvenile fiction
Deaf Fiction
People with disabilities Fiction
Kidnapping Fiction
Identity Fiction
Human experimentation in medicine Fiction
Sign language Fiction
Chilmark (Mass.) History 19th century Fiction
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) History 19th century Fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
Deaf children
Human experimentation in medicine
Identity (Psychology)
Kidnapping victims
Sign language
Massachusetts Chilmark
Massachusetts Martha's Vineyard
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Juvenile works.
History.
Historical fiction.
Fiction.

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