Book Reviews

I was a reader long before I was a writer. Once a month, I plan to share favorites, vintage reads, and books featuring deaf characters who inspire.
Before I Knew You  by Beth Steury

Before I Knew You by Beth Steury

After a series of bad choices rocked his world, seventeen-year-old Preston charts a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as he can get. He distances himself from the dating scene and avoids his party-loving friends—the things that once dominated his life. Then...

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The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia Toney

The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia Toney

Cynthia Toney was one of the first of my writer friends to be published. Her historical novel for tweens and teens is a favorite read. Synopsis In a southern U.S. farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved...

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

After 2020, do you need to enjoy something silly and carefree? Children's books, especially many written early in the last century provide puzzles to solve with an air of optimism and escapades filled with humor. Mr. Popper's Penguins is one of them. Growing up, I had...

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The Silence Between Us

The Silence Between Us

There’s a difference between deaf and Deaf. The former is a physical condition, the latter is an identity. Having grown up with a deaf sibling, I’d always been aware of the frustrations in communication between the hearing and the deaf, but until recent years I had...

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Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

I’m always good for a compassionate tear-jerker of a story, and Lety Out Loud with its sympathetic characters and focus on abandoned pets blessed me with three separate crying jags. Synopsis Lety Muñoz is an ESL student fresh out of fifth grade. She loves putting just...

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Painting the Rainbow by Amy Gordon

Painting the Rainbow by Amy Gordon

  Painting the Rainbow is a beautiful, multi-generational story of the Greenwood family’s summer reunion. The Greenwoods appear healthy, supportive of one another, ideal—except for the mystery of Jesse’s death more than twenty years earlier. Thirteen-year-old...

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Under the Dancing Tree by Chip Mattis

Under the Dancing Tree by Chip Mattis

Under the Dancing Tree is one of those rare picture books that caresses my heartstrings with the same tenderness of a harpist's fingers creating a gentle glissando. You may know that I contribute to a book review blog site called Scriblerians. Every once in a while, I...

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