Show Me A Sign

Show Me A Sign

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It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338255812
1338255819
9781338255836
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 22 cm

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Mary has only ever known life in her beloved village where she is one among many deaf residents. When a scientist arrives on the island, it becomes clear his motives are not what they seem. This story was inspired by the true history of a deaf community on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th cent... Read More »

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1805: Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. Children who grow up in Chilmark have no idea there is anything unique about their tiny community. In Chilmark, a number of community members are Deaf and so all Chilmark residents – both Deaf and hearing - share a common sign language: Martha’s Vineyard Sign La... Read More »


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"A bedtime tale told well in signs can reignite a flame in one's soul." p 191

"Deafness is not an affliction. The only thing it stops me from doing is hearing." p 85

"We are find as we were made." p 48

"Silence. I'm sure that many hearing people, especially those who don't know the dear, imagine our lives are filled with silence. That's not true. If my mind and heart are full of energy and fun, and I'm looking ahead with excitement, I don't feel silent at all. I buzz like a bee in good times. Only in bad times, when I am numb and full of sadness, does everything turn silent." p 45

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Tigard_HollyCP Sep 06, 2020

It is 1805. Twelve-year-old Mary Lambert is deaf, like many of the people in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Everyone in her village, hearing or deaf, communicates with sign language. When a scientist comes to the village to study what caused this “affliction,” Mary realizes that in other parts of the world, deaf people are not viewed as they are in Chilmark. Extensively researched and sensitively written by deaf author, Ann Clare LeZotte, this story is about so much more than deafness: the grief over the loss of Mary’s teenage brother, conflict in land ownership values between English settlers and the Wampanoag people, racism toward the Wampanoag and Black freedmen, kidnapping, seafaring, scientific study in colonial times.

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OPL_KrisC Dec 30, 2020

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