To call this affecting debut a tearjerker is an understatement. Will Abby's story of loss and love gain popularity? Signs point to yes. (Fiction. 12 & up) - Kirkus ReviewsThis is an amazing debut novel for readers who appreciate contemporary teen fiction. It is both moving and realistic, a result of the well-crafted family relationships. - Shanna Smith (VOYA)Ackley ably balances Abby's everyday teen dilemmas with the impossible heartache of a parent's illness and death, and the hopeful ending concludes a tale that is somber but never depressing. Bridging a nice gap between Lurlene McDaniel and Sarah Dessen novels, this should appeal to fans of both.--Snow Wildsmith (Booklist)Ackley does an amazing job of writing from that preteen perspective, and Abby's reactions to what she witnesses are spot on. Ackley does a beautiful job of showing the progression from the early to late stages of cancer, and can do the topic justice because it is so focused. - Shanyn Day (San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review)
SIGN LANGUAGE tells of a pre-teen facing her father's cancer and how it's changing her life. Previously only concerned with a crush and an annoying brother, Abby's facing her family's wrenching breakdown in the face of illness and death. Afterwards, she can't even cry: how can life go on? A fine novel of recovery evolves. - Midwest Book Review
From the Inside Flap
Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is wrong with her dad is the scar that appears on his stomach after he goes in for kidney surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut, winner of the first Amazon Breakthrough YA Novel Award, is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.