Strong Deaf by Lynn McElfresh

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Every Friday, we drive two and a half hours to Bradington to where my sister Marla goes to residential school for the deaf. I told Mom that when I go to Bradington, I hoped I would get to stay on the fourth floor just like Marla.

Mom looked at me like I was crazy.

“Silly,” she signed. “You no go Bradington. You not deaf.” Of course I knew I could hear, but what did that have to do with anything?

Jade is the only hearing member in her family. Her older sister gets to go to the school for the deaf headed by her grandfather Gilbert, but Jade feels left out. Marla thinks her little sister is a pest and a brat. When they end up on the same softball team for the summer, neither is happy about it. Jade, the smallest player on the team, is assigned to be the catcher. It looks like it’s going to be a long season. As sisters, they are often at loggerheads, but as team mates Jade and Marla have to find ways to get along. In spite of their differences, they soon discover that each has a lot to offer the other.

About Lynn McElfresh

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LYNN MCELFRESH has been writing since she was thirteen. Because she had a deaf sister, Lynn was a high-demand babysitter for families with deaf children. As a teenager, Lynn volunteered for Summer School for the Deaf and a deaf Girl Scout troop. Those experiences allowed her to observe a variety of interesting family dynamics between hearing and deaf cultures. Through the years, she has written for magazines, a business newspaper, a children’s newspaper, and an online magazine. She also ghostwrote 5 novels for a popular girls series. Her first novel, Can You Feel the Thunder? was published in 1999. Lynn considers herself an explorer of everyday life and a curator of interesting ideas. Passionate about nature, photography, journaling, and collecting personal histories, Lynn spends her time—when she isn’t writing—beachcombing, hiking, kayaking, and cruising the Saint Lawrence River in classic wooden boats. She divides her time between Grenell Island in the Thousand Islands of upper New York state and the dapper Scottish community of Dunedin, Florida. Lynn and her husband, Gary, have two adult children, two granddaughters and love to travel.
Published December 1, 2012 by namelos llc. 130 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors.

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