Show Me a Sign

Show Me a Sign

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Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves an Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.
Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there - including Mary - are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage.

But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment. Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this novel.

Title:Show Me a Sign
ISBN:9781338255812
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  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestBefore Martha's Vineyard became a getaway for the rich, it belonged to the Wampanoag, who then sold the land (arguably under incredibly unfai...

  • Christy

    4 stars “Deafness is not an affliction. The only thing is stops me from doing is hearing.” Show Me a Sign is a story about Mary Lambert. She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her family an...

  • Betsy

    “Not every writer comes to English from the same direction.” Right now I’m sitting here as a reviewer, trying to figure out from which direction I should approach this book. In the pantheon of c...

  • Kathy MacMillan

    The history of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language has fascinated me ever since I first devoured Nora Groce’s seminal ethnography Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s V...

  • Karen Witzler

    Excellent in so many ways. Middle Grade/YA/Fine for Adults - An OwnVoices historical fiction set in the Martha's Vineyard community of the deaf in post-revolutionary USA. A group of English farming fa...

  • Danielle

    "Deafness is not an affliction. The only thing it stops me from doing is hearing." p.95"Missionaries and English settlers have made land claims up and down Noepe...It remains a Wampanoag island. In tr...

  • Elizabeth?

    Mary Lambert’s family lives in Martha’s Vineyard before it was Martha’s Vineyard. Her ancestors are from a place in England where deafness is prominent. Mary grows up in a community where her de...

  • Lilli Moore (lillireadsmoore)

    Every child between the ages of 9-13 should have this book on their shelves or a chance to borrow it from the shelves of the library! Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte is a well-researched and heart...

  • Amy | Foxy Blogs

    FOUR POINT FIVE STARSShow Me a Sign is an #OwnVoices about 11-year-old Mary who lives on Martha’s Vineyard. The story takes place in 1805. One of the unique things about this story is it pulls from ...

  • Carrie

    This has the most "Newbery feel" of any book I've read this year, so I would not be surprised to see it with a shiny medal come January. It's a much-needed #ownvoices story about Mary, a character who...