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His knowledge of the topic at hand also shines, from the baseball facts to learning about the deaf community. An excellent book!
Most of the novel is spent watching Marco adapt to his new situation, learning sign language and overcoming the vertigo that also struck him with his hearing loss. Eventually Marco goes to a deaf school, where he meets other deaf kids for the first time and struggles to make friends while still learning their language. I love how the author talks about the little adjustments Marco has to make, such as getting an alarm clock that vibrates, or dealing with tinnitus, or having an engineer come and rewire the lights at Marco's house so he knows when the doorbell rings.
Though this novel is geared toward young adults I feel like it can be enjoyed be someone of any age. It is heartwarming and well-written and something that I will likely re-read in the future.
The attention to detail written into the pages of Sounds of Silence is marveling. All the way through the book, I kept thinking that Tomasso must have first hand experience with the content. He did a fantastic job conveying sign language into something that I could picture in my mind. So description was his writing, it was almost as if I felt the vibrations of the music along with Marco.
Inspiring...is the only word to describe this piece of fiction from Phillip Tomasso. Clearly outside my purview, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing this new genre. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the pacing of the story. Personally, I like hard hitting non-stop action. Pretty hard to find that in a book like this. So that's more a matter of personal taste as opposed to an issue with the writing.
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Marco loves baseball, wants to be a pitcher, but with the loss of his hearing his balance was affected as well. Seeing him trying to adjust to his new life was an emotional read for me. His family, his best friend all worked to make his life work, flashing lights for the bell etc,, but learning sign language started him back on track. His little sister Marie was another good well written character.
It was when Marco started at a school for deaf kids things changed. He felt a sense of brotherhood with his younger roommate Kyle. I loved the descriptions of the school, how all the teachers and councillors work hard to help the kids, even small children learn to sign and adjust to life.
I think this is a book for readers of all ages, and when it ended I wanted to carry on and read more about Marco' s live and just see how it turns out.
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