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Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin
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Jul 05, 10

bookshelves: tween, disability-illness, realistic-fiction
Read in January, 2009

I enjoyed this story, largely because the deaf main character, Megan, is the one who behaves like a jerk. It makes her seem more like a real ten-year-old, and is understandable coming from a child who is frustrated with her limitations. The characters in general are pretty balanced, complete with both flaws and virtues, and I thought this gave the story a little more depth and believability. It was interesting to see through this window into deaf culture, as written by a deaf woman. It seems obvious that a deaf girl would have to deal with limitations, but through this story the reader gains a sense of what those limitations might be like on a daily basis. Using the telephone was a great example. Megan doesn't want to use her TDD, and she doesn't want to believe it's impossible for her to use the phone like a normal person. But when she tries to use the phone, she can't, and it's very hard for her to accept help. How many hearing people in this day and age could give up their phone, and yet on the other hand, how has the advent of texting affected a girl like Megan? This book is not that old, but I can see it starting to slip off the edge of contemporary fiction into dated material because of new technologies available.
Readers who enjoy a good story about making and keeping friends, who like to learn about other ways of life, or, in the case of a deaf reader, like to read about others like themselves might like this book. Those who enjoy "camp" stories, where the kids go off on their own to summer camp and have adventures might like this. This would be a great book for tweens in fifth or sixth grades who are right at this age when friendship seems to start getting complicated.
Nothing obviously objectionable.
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