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Strong Deaf Hardcover – December 1, 2012
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Jade is the only hearing member of her immediate family. Both parents are deaf and her sister is deaf. This leaves Jade feeling isolated and alone. Marla, the older sister, treats Jade like a brat. This story is told in alternating points of view between Jade and Marla. It's interesting to contrast how the two sisters interpret the same family episodes so differently.
Before reading this book, I hadn't thought very much about the deaf community. STRONG DEAF explores the cultural dynamics between those who can hear and those who can't, and it does so in the context of a very touching story.
I wasn't surprised to read that the author has a deaf sister. This book is clearly written by someone with intimate knowledge and sensitivity toward those who can't hear.
That part was fascinating. For example, Jade mentioned that though she had grown up immersed in Sign, she signed more like Signed English instead of with ASL grammar, and had a hard time keeping up with the shortcuts and slang that are constantly changing in the language. Theoretically, she's a native ASL speaker, and thus should be as aware of the placement differences between the signs for "lemon" and for "lunch" as her congenitally deaf older sister. But this is not the case. However, the author's website says that she has a deaf sister, and is thus probably quite involved in the Deaf community, and knows about differing levels of ASL fluency. It was a surprise to me.
Similarly, several people mentioned that they were thrown off in the beginning by Marla's chapters being written in ASL grammar instead of standard English grammar. I enjoyed it, because I could imagine some of the ASL signs that I knew. Now if only the book came with movie outtakes so that we could see some of the scenes playing out! Actually, this book would make a fantastic movie.
For those who are perhaps not fascinated with the ins and outs of ASL linguistics, say, some of the young adults to whom it is marketed, it's a fun story that kids should be able to relate to and enjoy. It's a story (on both sisters' parts) of feeling like you don't belong, and that's something that all teenagers can relate to.
The book is written from the viewpoint of Jade,the hearing sister, and Marla, the deaf sister. When the deaf teen speaks, it is in "deaf speak" a kind of shorthand/abbreviated sentance structure, which adds to the realistic element of this book.
The story line is not only believable but shows the author's true understanding and knowledge of life with a hearing impaired sibling and the difficulties and frustrations that it brings.
This is a great read for young people but also adults who might like something a little different in a quick read. Highly recommend this book !
Once I got used to the style, I enjoyed it and it really helped me to see things from Marla's perspective. As a reader with some experience with ASL, I found myself imagining Marla sitting in front of me signing her side of the story. However, readers unfamiliar with ASL may have more difficulty adjusting enough to get into the story.
What also adds to Strong Deaf`s uniqueness is the fact that - whereas many stories about deaf children involve the deaf child living in a family of hearing - in this story, the hearing sister is actually the minority in her household. It was a nice change getting to see the hearing/deaf ratio essentially reversed, and seeing the deaf culture from a family so strongly involved in it.
As for the content, the synopsis is not really an accurate summary of the book as the majority of the storyline and character development takes place off the softball field. Also, though both siblings had their life lessons to learn, I actually felt that Marla was more immature than her little sister - and downright condescending towards the hearing world, including those in her own family. Of course, as Marla points out, she's a teenager now, and so the extreme behavior Marla displayed could have been an intentional reflection of her age. Fortunately, the two girls have stable parents and an extended family to help guide the young girls through such an awkward time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was very educational in that both the hearing culture and the deaf culture view were easily understood. The writing style was clear and interesting.Published on April 28, 2013 by katewalsh
Combine sibling rivalry within a "strong Deaf" family that includes a hearing daughter leads the reader to understand a bit about Deaf culture. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by b mcb
Really enjoyed reading this book. Wish it was longer. I know the author personally and enjoy all of her books.Published on February 10, 2013 by Jessica Knuppenburg
It's possible there are other books about hearing teens in primarily deaf families, but this was the first one I've read. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by C. Saller
I have to be honest I am a little tired of vampires, werewolves and fallen angels. I know teens like them but there is so much more out there. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Thomastracy62