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Last updated February 3, 2000 4:00 p.m. EST


This page has books with characters who are hearing impaired. If you would like more information on any of these books, or to order, click on the book title. To suggest a book that would fit into this category email me.  Happy reading!

Butts, Nancy Cheshire Moon. For ages 10 to 14. From School Library Journal: "Most anyone would be apprehensive about returning to an aunt's idyllic summer home on an island in Penobscot Bay after a favorite cousin is lost at sea. Miranda has more difficulty than most expressing her feelings. She is profoundly hearing impaired, and Timothy was one of the few close friends with whom her disability did not prevent fluent communication. Communication, rather than his mysterious disappearance, becomes central to this story. Torn between her desire to use sign language and her parents' and teachers' insistence on oral speech, Miranda finds herself retreating from the hearing world. Her feelings of isolation will speak loudly to all readers."

Lakin, Patricia, Steele, Robert (Illustrator). Dad and Me in the Morning . For ages 5 to 8. From Booklist: "n a special morning interlude, a young boy awakens his father, and they go down to the beach to watch the sunrise. The young boy is deaf, but he and his father have many ways of communicating. Dealt with simply, as part of the reality of their relationship, the boy's deafness is unobtrusively woven into this story about a father and child sharing a moment in time. In tune with the sensitive tone of the text, Steele's atmospheric watercolor illustrations capture the rising light of dawn as well as the love between the boy and his father. Reminiscent of Jane Yolen's "Owl Moon" (1987), this warm story can be considered for all picture book collections."

Riskind, Mary. Apple Is My Sign . For Young Adults. "A 10-year-old boy returns to his parents' apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia. "An exuberant book that should do a lot to put across the natural  feelings, and special circumstances, of deaf kids."--Kirkus Reviews, pointer review. ALA Notable Children's Book.

Taylor, Theodore. The Trouble with Tuck and  Tuck Triumphant . For ages 9 to 12. From School Library Journal: " Helen Ogden, 14, and Tuck, her blind Labrador, both introduced in The Trouble with Tuck, continue their courageous, loving story. Having trained Tuck to use Lady Daisy as his seeing-eye dog, Helen now faces a new challenge when her parents decide to adopt a Korean orphan. When the family meets six-year-old Chok-Do at the airport, they discover that the boy is deaf and mute. While her parents agonize over a decision to send Chok-Do back, Helen takes him on as her project. She trained Tuck; she can train Chok-Do and the family. After difficult adjustments, life-threatening episodes, and the death of Lady Daisy, the family plans a wilderness trip before deciding Chok-Do's fate. During a thunderstorm, Tuck saves both Chok-Do and Helen, and the parents realize they love the boy. Helen and Tuck triumphantly prevail, intrepid and determined; Tuck will get a new seeing-eye dog and everyone will learn sign language. All the details of a deaf-mute are accurate, as are the harrowing, potentially deadly incidents that wouldn't occur if Chok-Do could hear. The dog relationships are very appealing. Helen's character--resolute, brave, open-minded, patient--is an excellent model for readers, and there's enough excitement, carefully spaced, to keep readers interested or to make this a good read-aloud."

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