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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  715 ratings  ·  88 reviews
I'm always trying to figure out what's really going on. Always having to fill in the gaps, but never getting all the details. It's like trying to do a jigsaw when I don't even know what the picture is, and I'm missing one of the vital middle pieces.

How do you know if your friends are talking about you behind your back or if a boy likes you? They could act innocent, but you
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 2011 by Hardie Grant Egmont
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”I’m always trying to figure out what’s really going on. Always having to fill in the gaps, but never getting all the details. It’s like trying to do a jigsaw when I don’t even know what the picture is, and I’m missing one of the vital middle pieces.”
On my morning commute to work, the first thing I usually do is put my earphones in. I choose to block out the tram rumble and the overly loud mobile phone conversations and the high school gossip with music. I don’t think I fully realised until r
Joy (joyous reads)
“It doesn't matter if she's deaf," he says. "My aunty Demi can listen with her eyes, and whisper with her hands.”

Damn Australian writers and their heart-wrenching contemporary fiction. It never fails. It's an automatic instant love syndrome but in this case, I'm the one falling in love and not the characters in the book. Not that I'm complaining, it's just...I have a difficult time reviewing them because I sound like a broken record with each review (see AUSSOME shelf on Goodreads). And this bo
Watermelon Daisy

A deaf girl? To be honest, I was reluctant. I've read my share of people with something out of the ordinary happening to them (like The Body Finder) and I completely hated that one. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up. I didn't really think much of the cover. But the pitch at the back drew me in, even if I was thinking, "Meh. How over-exaggerated. You don't have to be deaf to have a hard life."

Amazing. The sentences are short, but not choppy. None
Rebecca Sparkes
This is such an amasing, inspiring dtory of courage, hope and.... Well life. I read this by a complete coincidence as it was just a random book my boyfriend grabbed to get me out of the bookstore.
Since reading this I've become more aware of the world around me. I've started learning sign language and did my work experience at a primary/hearing impared school. This book has changed my life, inspired me to aspire to bigger, better things.
Above all else Chrissie Keighery has changed my world. Giv
Demi loses her hearing as a result of meningitus when she was 14. The story starts 2 years later whan Demi and her family have been through a full cycle of emotions, from optimism that her hearing will return, to realisation that it isn't going to, determination to stay on in her mainstream school and the final resignation that going to a school for the deaf would be better. Demi has made this final decision although her mother remains convinced that she shouldn't distance herself from her heari ...more
5 stars.

Being misunderstood is one of the most internally tolling conflicts involved with being a teenager. No matter how many times you explain it, no matter how many ways you phrase it, people, especially adults, just don't know what it's like to be in your shoes. To be weighed down by expectations, doubts, and your very own feelings and thoughts. They pretend they do, say they were teenagers once too, but each person is unique, with their own individual problems and worries. That was
Sadly, I don't own a copy of this book, and it is a little while since I read it, but it is a very powerful and extremely well written book, well deserving of the nominations and awards it has received.

In my classroom it has done the rounds of the girls (12-13yrs) and had a bit of a waiting list, even though we had two copies.

Two of my girls, who were not keen readers, discovered the power of reading through having read this book. Brilliant!
Zoe and the Edge
I'm a huge sucker for disability fiction. I like to read about them because it's something different. And I feel like I learn something because it makes me think in ways I've never thought before. For instance, the varying levels of deafness or being discriminatory towards people who can speak. Or how intonation and emphasis is conveyed through sign language. Or how important it is that the lights are on at a party for a deaf person who needs to read lips to know what's going on. Or how deaf peo ...more
Demi got meningitis at 14 and was left profoundly deaf. WHISPER begins when she's sixteen and has finally decided (against her mother's horrified opposition) to stop trying to manage in her old school and instead transfer to a school for the deaf. She's dealing with massive shock, humiliation, terror, and self-loathing. Over the course of the book, she discovers friends, romance, and most of all, self-belief and empowerment.

I read WHISPER with a shock of recognition. Obviously, ME/CFS (the chron
When I've read the blurb of Whisper for the first time, I thought the book was about a girl moving to an entire new country. I thought "Hey! I can relate to that, this better be good!". Somehow, I missed the "profoundly deaf" part.

I bet every one of us puts earphones on when going to work/school/any other situation that doesn't require our full attention. We choose to block other sounds out and therefore not to hear. But what if the choice was taken away from us? Well, that's what happened a yea
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

When I first picked up Whisper, I expected a book that would be an enjoyable, interesting read, but I didn't expect to be moved as much as I was.

Demi's story is such a sad one. Of course, it's awful for anyone to be deaf, but if a child is born deaf, they don't know any different. But to reach the age of 14 being able to hear perfectly, and to then have the world put on mute after suffering with meningitis, it's just so hard to deal with. But Demi is try
Bought this really for the book cover collection at work, but wanted to read it as I know nothing about being deaf and very little about living with or interacting with people who cannot hear. On the surface it is a typical YA book, although well-written, with none of the lazy characterisation or vocabulary that sometimes plagues writing for this audience. As far as I could tell it would engage such an audience in terms of its concerns, context and language. The main character's deafness (the re ...more
Actual rating - 3.5

Whisper was quite a good read.

Demi was a really strong character.
Having to adjust your life, and not fitting into your old one anymore must be awful to go through, but Demi coped with it all rather well.

There was some parts in this that were quite sad, and i really felt for Demi.
Having your friends forget you're deaf, and then having them slag your new friends off is horrible.

Overall, a good read, with a strong main character.

Whisper is one of those gems that come your way when you least expect it! The author captures the reader's attention from the opening chapter - the complication comes as quite a shock, as the main character, Demi, is suddenly facing her future in a silent world. The reader is immediately drawn into the daily struggles that Demi faces so courageously - the cruelty of ignorant people, the changing relationship with her former friends, huge decisions to make about her learning, and dealing with fam
I wish I could give this book more stars. I sat down at lunchtime today and just didn't stop. It moved me. I loved the characters I got worked up with them and for them. I just love this book. So much.
May 07, 2014 Ella added it
I can defiantly relate to this book although I am only moderately hearing impaired and proud. When I don't have my hearing aids in I feel isolated and I hate it when people get frustrated cause I hear the wrong thing or it takes me 3 or 4 times to get what their saying. However I also hate it when people exaggerate their bodies or do really over the top movements or speak really slowly and loudly. These days you don't find many fiction books about kids with disabilities. Whisper also is a brutal ...more
There was a lot to love about this book! It's sorta issuefic, sure, but it's well-written, plotty issuefic with real characters. I especially love the way the story makes the point that radical/separatist Deaf politics exists for a reason, and can be respected and not dismissed even by people who choose a more moderate/integrated path.

1.5 stars off for the constant, jarring use of the R-word, without any examination of the problematic way it's used. "You can't be an arsehole to me, I'm deaf, not
Mae Walker
I started this book in Mildura library, Victoria and was disappointed to have to leave it before finishing it. (Yes, I found this book and then attempted to read it ALL before having to leave) anyway, so back in perth I got it out from our library and started again.
This is a great book about a profoundly deaf teenager, I found it especially fascinating as I spent three terms of last year learning Auslan and am actually contemplating doing it at TAFE. Anyway, it was so very different in how the
AJ Timberlake
This book is short (only 250 pages) and a sweet read. It is about Demi, a sixteen year old girl who lost her hearing at age fourteen through sickness. She has to learn how to cope with being deaf in a hearing world after already being accustomed to hearing. She decides to attend a school for deaf children against her mother's will and has to fight the view that hearing is a disability both in her mind and in her family's.

It is worth a read, I really liked it. If you do know sign language (even a
Whispering Words...
Whisper is a truly touching novel that really opened my mind to the world around me. It forced me to consider how unique each person is and although we live in a multicultural society where everything is supposedly equal, this book highlights the discrimination and misunderstandings many others still have towards those who society view as “different”.

The story begins with sixteen year old Demi who, after surviving a serious case of meningitis had her world shattered when the illness left her co
Mar 03, 2015 Den rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015, teen
This is a book that makes you stop and think about what it must be like for someone else. In this case it is Demi - after an illness leaves her completely deaf she makes the hard decision to leave mainstream school and attend a deaf school thus having to make a whole host of new friends.
As well as focusing on her life you get to see how others react and treat her and how they cope with the deafness. I love her nephews who don't see deafness as being out of the ordinary. I wish everyone had youn
It was worth the wait to finish this! Very much liked the protag, and the depiction of her coping with becoming profoundly deaf after nearly dying of meningitis. I especially liked that there were several different views of the deaf community's political views presented, with what seemed to be a good deal of fairness. (Admittedly, I'm not well-informed on this, so could be quite wrong.)
This book was so very depressing and yet so beautiful. I guess it's one of those books that just hits you and opens up your eyes to let you see just how difficult it is for some out there. Demi is struggling to deal with being deaf, yet through this journey, she grows stronger and stronger and some parts of this novel was just so touching, it made me cry :'(
Wow!! Just Wow. I was really suprised by this book and have nothing more to say. I loved the characters, plot and the message of the book. It changed my perspective of deaf people living among the people who can hear. Also the cover is really beautiful, which is always a plus but which also made me pick up the book in the first place.

In overall 4.5 star.
I quite like these kind of novels. Girls with a disability of some sort thus look at society differently. I don't think any of them hate others not like themselves but rather get very very sad. Not that I can blame them.

I don't really have a lot to say about this. There's definitely nothing to really complain about but then again... nothing that really stands out either. Except one thing.

THE BUBBLES. I loved the bubbles, it was just so cute and seemed sweet. Even though it's intentions were not

This book was amazing. The plot AND the happy ending.

Though I had no idea people that were deaf thought that way.

Alexander Stuart Cross
Aww sweet ending :') A complete different perspective of life. Interesting And I enjoyed it! XD
The protagonist of ‘Whisper’ is 16-year-old Demi. Two years before the story began, she became profoundly deaf. She has a supportive family and some good friends, but she has been struggling in her school, finding it very difficult to lip read and to keep up. So, rather to her mother’s dismay, she has decided to move to a college for the Deaf.

Demi comes across as human and likeable; seeing the world from her eyes helped me understand just how difficult an ordinary bus journey would be for someo
Hey, so this book was AWESOME. I've read a couple of other books about deaf teens of late and this is far and away my favourite.

Demi's in year 11 and she was perfectly fine, hearing-wise, until the age of 14 when she contracted meningitis. Now she's profoundly deaf - it was really fascinating to have that storyline, because the other two books I've read had one girl deaf from birth, and the other from the age of four or five. But this one is a recent change and it was fascinating watching her be
A beautiful book that should be read by every teenager who is coming out of his/her bubbly comfort zone - and who is, appropriately, coming of age - and entering the real world.

Everyone - from a young, impressionable age - needs to understand that not everything considered "different" is inherently bad, and that no one with a disability deserves isolation and ridicule. After all, we are all different, which is what makes us all so unique and interesting. Which is why we all deserve to ask for a
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