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Show me a sign / Ann Clare LeZotte ; [cover artist, Julie Morstad].

LeZotte, Ann Clare, (author.). Morstad, Julie, (artist.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J LEZ (Text) 33500013215165 New On holds shelf -
Fosston Public Library J LEZ (Text) 33500013215173 New Checked out 05/02/2020

Record details

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

Content descriptions

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 a Deaf librarian, and the author of T4, an ILA Notable Book for a Global Society, which Booklist called "a powerful debut." For years, Ann has given book talks, and disability and anti-bullying presentations in American Sign Language (ASL). Ann says, "I never had a romance about being 'special' or 'different.' I wished long and hard to be normal. A waste of time and a heartbreak I don’t want other young people to experience." In her free time, Ann enjoys swimming and walking her dog Perkins. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida.

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: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
History.
Juvenile works.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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