Singing Hands

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By Delia Ray
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Singing Hands
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As one of three hearing daughters of deaf parents, 12yearold Gussie Davis is expected to be a proper representative of Saint Judes Church for the Deaf in Birmingham, Alabama, which is run by her father. So when Gussie starts to hum through signed services in the summer of 1948, Reverend Davis assumes she merely wants to sing out loud and sends her to a regular church downtown. But Gussies behavior worsens, and she is not allowed to go on a muchanticipated trip; instead, she must help her father at the Alabama School for the Deaf. Rebelling against the strict rules of the school, Gussie finally confronts the difficulties and prejudices encountered by the deaf community, all while still trying to find her own identity in the worlds of both the hearing and the deaf. Drawing on firsthand accounts of her mothers own childhood with deaf parents, Delia Ray provides an inside look at the South in the 1940s. Lively humor, unforgettable characters, and meticulous research combine to make this a standout novel that offers keen insight into what it means to be hearing in a deaf world. Authors note.

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52750 words52,750 words
224 pages224 pages
Lexile 900LLexile 900L
Grade 5 to 7Grade 5 to 7
Age 10-12Age 10-12
Published 2006Published 2006

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