Show Me a Sign
Mary has grown up on Martha's Vineyard, in a 19th century community where the people speak in sign language and are proud of their deaf heritage. But trouble is on the way...
Discussing Discrimination Against Deaf People
Topics and Themes:
Deafness, Disability, Sign Language, English Settlers, Wampanoag People, Prejudice, Unethical Medical Studies and Experiments, Courage, 19th Century American History
Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her great-great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there, including Mary, are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage.
But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment.
Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century, making readers question their own ideas about what is "normal."