& Young Adult Miscellaneous
notes on the deaf characters in red.
C. Andrews - Melody
(Logan Series #1)Growing up in
a hardscrabble West Virginia mining town, Melody Logan often
wished that her flighty, movie-star-gorgeous mother, Haille,
wasn't so unhappy. But in the warmth of her wonderful father's
unwavering love, Melody always felt safe and secure - until
a dreadful mining accident tore her from her family's moorings.
Melody was still devastated by her father's death when she came
home from school to find her mother gaily packing suitcases.
They first stop on Cape Cod to visit with her father's family.
Melody had barely met her cousins - handsome Cary, whose twin
sister, Laura, had recently been killed in a tragic sailing
accident, and May, a sweet, deaf ten-year-old - when
her mother stunned her with the news that Melody was to stay
on the Cape with these strangers.
F. Andrews (Flying Fingers Series) The
Ghost of Tomahawk Creek ~ The Flying Fingers Club ~
Hasta Luego, San Diego ~ Secret in the Dorm Attic
Flying Fingers Club series. A deaf boy who takes up solveing
mysteries with his sister and friends.
this entire series. Lots of deaf characterization, signing
and emotions with the deaf and the hearing who surround
him. Good Job!)
Armstrong - Mary Mehan Awake
(Young Adult) Mary Mehan is Irish
and blind. She meets someone who understands her but communication
is hard… he is deaf. Takes place around the Civil War.
Arnold - Bird-Eyes
(Teen) In 1963, being different
can be illegal-as sixteen-year-old Latisha, a lesbian runaway,
discovers when she is sentenced to treatment in the locked ward
of a mental hospital for being "incorrigible" and a threat to
society. Her best friend in the ward is Anna, an older deaf
woman committed for depression. Although she's forbidden to
communicate in sign language, Anna teaches Latisha and gives
her a name: "Bird-Eyes." Their growing friendship and their
alliance against the hospital oppression forms a bond that is
the catalyst for Latisha's eventual act of defiance.
Poe Barlow - Master's Cat: The
Story of Charles Dickens as Told by His Cat
For the last decade of his life,
Charles Dickens lived at Gad's Hill in Kent. His companion
in the evenings was a lille deaf cat. Each chapter
of his enchanting biography begins with the cat relating an
actual happening at Gad's Hill, moving Dickens to tell stories
from his life, which the cat thoughtfully renders chronologically.
T. J. Brown - Read My Lips
Popularity is as easy as a good secret.
Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school.
But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even
across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover
her talent, there's no turning back.
From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity
has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the
school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for
pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in
the school's most exclusive clique.
With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure
to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest
talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...
April - Melvin Burgess
Someone mad was screaming at them from the upstairs window
of a house next to the station. It was a girl. 'Oh, that's
April. Don't mind her...Deaf and dumb, see.' Abandoned by
his father to a life of poverty, Tony is angry with everyone,
and desperately lonely. April Dean, the deaf girl, needs friends
too. But their growing relationship arouses deep prejudices
which threaten to engulf not only Tony and April but also
the whole village. This moving and powerful love story is
about two very different people, worlds apart.
Chester - Death
in the Afternoon ~ Missing
Time of Fear ~ Sudden
Death ~ Dead
and Buried ~ Playing
(Young Adult) (Hear No
Evil Series) Sara Howel
is smart, beautiful and deaf. Trouble seems to happen all around
her. Being the daughter of a detective, Sara's natural instincts
lead her to unravel mysterious occurrences.
Howell is smart, savvy, beautiful and deaf and thinks Kimberly
Roth has it all. But Kimberly has a problem--she's missing.
The police think she just wanted to get attention. But when
Sara--who senses real foul play this time--digs for clues, she
puts her own life in jeopardy.
Conrad - Never the Same Again
(Mystery) Set on a lonely
smallholding, the home of student Cathy Tomas, this mystery
story entails stolen silver, a dead dog, a handsome gypsy, a
deaf-mute farmworker and an orphan boy looking for someone or
something to love.
E. Cosgrove - Harmony
Ring - Sharing
(Teen - Young Adult) (Song of
the Sea Trilogy Book 3) - Meant for the entire family, the Song
of the Sea series includes original color illustrations. The
story, as sung by whales and dolphins, is finally understood
by a deaf scientist, Sharing, the first human ever to
understand the son of the sea creatures. ---- not sure if
the deaf scientist is part of the story ---
Corcoran - It is a Dance To Still
(Young Adult) Deafened by an
illness, fourteen-year-old Margaret refuses to accept her condition
and runs away in fear that her mother's remarriage may mean
she'll be sent to a boarding school for the deaf.
Candace Bowen Early-
A Knight of Silence
( Young Adult - Medieval Romance)
year old Reina of Kenwick knows a lot about adversity. Deaf
from a childhood illness, she is about to be banished to a
convent by her cold and distant father. Baron Fulke of Erlegh
has a tragic past. Throwing himself into a life of battle
and debauchery, Fulke is removed from the field and commanded
to take a bride. King Henry I. is a changed man since losing
his only son and heir in the White Ship sinking. Intent to
name his only daughter, Matilda, the first Queen of England,
he seeks advantage over powerful opposition. Discovering Reina's
unique ability to lip-read, Henry separates the two lovers
and coerces Reina to spy for the crown under threat of harm
to Fulke. In a battle between love and loyalty, Fulke and
his courageous band of knights enact a plan that will free
Reina from the king's grip or cause all of them to be executed
for treason in... A Knight of Silence.
Ferris - Of Sound Mind
(Young Adult) A high school
senior who is the only "hearie" in his deaf family.
Frustrated daily by his family's demands and depressed by the
silence that dominates his house, Theo seeks solace with thoughtful,
purple-haired Ivy. Ivy, also the hearing child of a deaf parent,
understands better than anyone what Theo is going through.
Flanigan - Alice
A story of inner strength, of
ordinary people helping others overcome hardship with the extraordinary
power of love. Young Ellie finds the courage to secretly
teach a young deaf girl to speak, play, and count--transforming
an entire town shadowed by ignorance and cruelty. Scheduled
for a made-for-TV movie on Lifetime Television.
Grant - Not Guilty
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald Newspaper
& Printing Co Ltd. 1994. (0-9518552-1-2)
Hit and run accident and the growing friendship between two
teenagers, one Deaf and one hearing.
R. Griffin - Switching Well
(teen) Includes a deaf character. Two
twelve-year-old girls in San Antonio, Texas, Ada in 1891 and
Amber in 1991, switch places through a magic well and try desperately
to return to their own times.
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Davis Guccione - Tell Me How the Wind
(Teen) (Point) An ordinary summer
at the beach becomes a life lesson in love and understanding
when fifteen-year-old Amanda meets Jake, a seventeen-year-old
Hallman - Breakaway
Kate and her boyfriend Rob who
has recently become deaf run away to Georgia where Rob can learn
to live independently without interference from his mother.
Hardy - Altered Land
(Fiction) ,A tragic accident
on a boy's 13th birthday forever changes the lives of a mother
and son (John) in this haunting debut novel. The accident-which
leaves John deaf and his mother facially disfigured-at once
strains and strengthens their bond. -- Amazon.com
The story picks up27 years later when JohnDavies is a successful
carpenter in Bristol.
Hillsbery - War Boy
(Teen / YA) Fleeing an abusive
father, fourteen-year-old Radboy takes to the road
with Jonnyboy, an older friend and mentor who is the only
person Radboy believes he can trust. On the bus headed out
of town they hook up with Finn and Critter, a couple of speed-freak
boyfriends who take a shine to both of them.They also meet
Ula, who is mourning the death of her fiancó and taking
a trip across the United States in his memory.The five become
fast allies, united by personal loss and by the allure of
intimacy only friends in the throes of conflict can understand.
When Jonnyboy drops out of sight, Radboy stays behind in San
Francisco, where the underground world he has been introduced
to inspires his own burgeoning sexual and emotional desires.
Radboy is a Deaf skateboarding runnaway (Thanks
K. Trost from Indiana)
L. Hodge - A Season of Change
(Teen / Young Adult) 13 year
old Biney is hard-of-hearing. She want's to show others she
is smart and independent.
Jordan - A Raging Quiet
(Mystery) (Young Adult) A young
woman who falls in love with the town "simpleton" who it turns
out, is deaf.
M.E.: Kerr -
Is that you, Miss Blue?
Flanders Brown goes to a boarding school. New
friend Agnes Thatcher is deaf girl. The incidents involving
Agnes provide a contrast between the relatively easy adjustments
the students make for Agnes' deafness and the negative attitudes
of the instructors.
E. Kerr - Gentlehands
(Grades 7-12) Includes
a major deaf character. A teenage boy falls in love with an
"upper-class" girl and gets to know his estranged
grandfather in one heartbreaking summer which climaxes in a
shattering search for Nazi war criminals.
King - Stolen Shadows
Stolen Shadows is the
first in a trilogy of novels that tells the remarkable story
of a family touched by physical disability. Bryan and Lauren
McFadden are medical professionals in the field of physiotherapy.
They build a home for teenagers and young adults with physical
disabilities and special needs. Adam, deaf from abuse and impaired
by seizures, is the first teenager to arrive. He's never known
a loving family and has never experienced affection.
Klusmeyer - What About Me
(Teen) (Christian Reader) - A
young Christian is torn between his responsibilities towards
his younger deaf sister and his desire to play baseball.
Laird, Pauline Hazelwood - The Listener (Graffix)
Gavin would rather watch football than
visit his gran. When he finds her injured a deaf neighbour Shelly
is able to help. (Graphic / Comic Novel)
Levinson - World of Her Own
(Teen) Sixteen-year-old Annie,
moderately deaf since the age of seven, is terrified at the
prospect of leaving her special school to attend a public high
Lott - The Hunt Club: A Novel
"It started with a body, the head of it pretty much gone,
the hands skinned." This eerie introduction to Bret Lott's
The Hunt Club sets the tone for this novel of murder,
violence, and sinister secrets. The settings are dark and sultry:
ramshackle trailers, forgotten burial grounds, and the seedy
Hunt Club itself, built on "trash land." Events
are witnessed through the eyes of 15-year-old Huger Dillard,
smart, precocious, and always at the forefront of some crisis
or criminal activity. Huger is also the eyes for his uncle,
the owner of the Hunt Club who was left blind from a fire that
killed his wife. Huger and "Unc" are unwittingly entangled
in a web of murder and deceit, and they must solve this classic
whodunit. Assisted by a local cook and her young, deaf daughter,
this is a fresh and innovative detective team.
E. McElfresh - Can You Feel the Thunder?
Thirteen-year-old Mic Parsons
struggles with mixed feelings about his deaf and blind sister
while at the same time he makes his way through the turmoils
of junior high.
Rider Montgomery - The Mystery of the
Boy Next Door
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Neufeld - Gaps in Stone Walls
(Teen) Deaf twelve-year-old Merry
Skiffe, who lives on Martha's Vineyard in the 1880s, runs away
from home because she is suspected of having committed a murder.
Podmore - A Sign to Remember
Explore the fictional story of
Joseph, a 15 year-old Deaf, Sacajawea High School student, growing
up in the Puyallup Valley. Not only is he learning to make the
most of his hearing loss, but he is also learning American Sign
Language. This in addition, he must cope with learning how to
drive, and make decisions in a world increasingly fraught with
major changes. His day is filled with thoughts of the pretty
girl in his Math class named Jessica, and his desires for a
date with her. However, life isn't all roses. He soon discovers
through a series of incidences that he carries the genes called
Usher Syndrome, one that will ultimately render him blind.
Peter Quigley - Original Colored House of
A seventeen-year-old boy convinces
a black baseball team to take him along on their tour as a relief
player, but he must pretend he is a deaf-mute albino.
Winona Rasheed - Broken
13-year-old Ella Rose is deaf. She moves from Savannah Georgia
to Washington DC and starts a new High School.
N.L. Ray - There Was This Man Running
Adult) (SF) Summary: A storekeeper's family becomes unwittingly
involved with a myterious, menacing being from outer space.
Includes a deaf character.
Rosen - Just like Everybody Else
Fifteen-year-old Jenny struggles
to resume a normal life following an accident that leaves her
Salpeter - Flying to the
year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny,
find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped
by ruthless biophysicist, Samuel Herrington. Michael discovers
Danny has a powerful gift-he knows what happens after a person
dies-and now others want to know, too. The brothers must outwit
and outrun Herrington, the FBI, and even fellow Americans
in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to
Danny first will have the power to control the fate of every
person on earth.
Sharon Schenbeck - The
had been completely deaf since he was ten years old. The community
where he had grown up mostly ignored him because he never
spoke. He could read lips and he communicated by writing in
a small notebook he always carried in his shirt pocket. Ruthie's
family had taken him under their wing when she was just a
toddler. He had been like a big brother to her. Recently there
seemed to be a wedge between them. She was afraid she had
done something to drive him away. She couldn't imagine what
she had done to offend him. Circumstances were not quite what
she thought they were. Matt had to distance himself from the
people he cared about the most. Not because he wanted to...
but because he HAD to.
he saw Ruthie on the porch after the longest winter on record,
she had changed from the little kid he had known into a beautiful
young woman. His heart jumped within his chest. He knew what
he wanted but he had no idea how to accomplish it. So he left
until he had plan .... that just might work!
Richards Shreve - The Gift of
the Girl Who Couldn't Hear
(Teen)As thirteen-year-old Eliza helps her
deaf friend prepare for a singing audition, together they
learn about courage and limitations
M. Scott - Belonging
(Teen) Struggle of a teen girl
to accept her new deafness and for others to accept her as well.
M. Scott - Balancing Act
(Teen) 15 year old Beth
goes to Egypt and has to deal with her parents divorce.
M. Scott - Finding Abby
( From School Library Journal- Gr 8
Up)-Abby became deaf after suffering from spinal meningitis
at 14 and died when she was 16. Her narrative alternates
with that of her older sister. Paige comes home from college
for Abby's funeral and stays to try to unravel the puzzle of
her apparent, but unlikely, suicide. As the young woman
interviews her dead sibling's teachers, friends, other deaf
people, and people who live with deaf people, in an attempt
to put together a portrait of Abby's last years, readers receive
lecture after lecture. While the story is filled with descriptions
of what it is like to become profoundly deaf after living in
a hearing world, there is really very little insight into Abby
Snelling - A Touch of Graceal
(Daughters of Blessing Series #3) Historical fiction / Daughter
Grace is deaf.
Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry
The slave, Jim's daughter,
Elizabeth is deaf.
Woodson - Feathers
Frannie doesn't know what to make of the poem she's reading
in school. She hasn’t thought much about hope. There
are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend
Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new
boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although
the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’s not
white. Who is he?
During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie
starts seeing a lot of things in a new light - her brother
Sean’s deafness, her mother’s fear, the class
bully’s anger, her best friend’s faith and her
own desire for “the thing with feathers.”
Yolen - 2041
: twelve stories about the future by top science fiction writers
( Science fiction) The story:
Ear / Jane Yolen includes major deaf characters.
Summary: Twelve fictional stories about school life, fads, inventions,
and cultural activities in the future by such authors as Connie
Willis, Peg Kerr, and Bruce Coville.
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