Friday, February 24, 2017

A creepy old house, ASL, and purple lemonade in Destiny and Faith's Summer Adventures

Destiny And Faith's Summer Adventures (Book #2 in the Destiny And Faith series) by Teddy O'Malley (Author, Illustrator) and Angie Dickens (Editor)  
Length: 61 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490986316
Publisher: Jourden Cleghorn; 1 edition
Publication Date: April 3, 2014

I just stumbled across this book published in 2014. I admit that it was the back cover description that got my attention!

Dustin is the Deaf character in the story; although, the main characters “sign fluently…[even though they] had never actually met a Deaf person before” (p. 14).

Based on the illustration, the main characters appear to include some diversity in this series. The ASL alphabet chart is included at the end of the book.

Book Description:
It's summer!
Destiny and Faith come up with a great idea to keep busy during the summer. They try to get a job! They end up cleaning a dusty, possibly haunted, old attic, running a PURPLE lemonade stand, and most importantly, making a great new friend. Dustin happens to be Deaf, and Destiny and Faith put their knowledge of American Sign Language to the test! But can it help them land a job?

“I can't believe we're doing this,” Faith whispered from behind me. We were walking down our street in the dark. “Tiny, how did you drag me into this?”
“Shh!” I hissed. “The ghosts will hear us if you talk.”
“Have I ever mentioned that I'm afraid of the dark?” Faith asked me, nudging my shoulder.
“Only a bazillion times! And that's just tonight,” I snapped, getting frustrated. “If you're going to be a fraidy cat you might as well go home, and let me do this alone.”

“No way,” Faith said, standing tall. “I'm not letting my baby sister walk around in dark haunted houses by herself.”
“You're a saint,” I said sarcastically.
“Obviously, I am. I'm putting aside my fears for you, aren't I?”
“Sh! Did you hear that?” I asked.
“Hear what?” Faith tried to hide behind me.
“Never mind. I think it was just a stray cat or something.” I turned my flashlight on and flicked it around, trying to check out the noise.
“You had a flashlight this whole time, and you're just now turning it on?” Faith whined.
“I didn't want anyone to see us,” I hissed at Faith. “Stay here.”
“What? No! Don't leave me here in the dark.” Faith clung to my jacket.
“Just stay behind this bush,” I instructed her.
“Fine, but if I see a ghost I'm leaving without you.”
I shrugged and started to head toward the house.
“You're taking the flashlight?” Faith asked.
I rolled my eyes, and I handed it to her.
“Thanks,” she whispered.
“Now I'm going,” I hissed. I walked slowly along the bushes and looked in Dustin's windows. There he was. Old Mr. Jenkins! Seeing him made me so nervous that I tripped over a twig, causing it to snap.
“Uh oh,” I said.
About the author:
Teddy O' Malley was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. Teddy O'Malley has also worked as a nurse assistant, aiding the disabled and the elderly.

"...demand for more disabled role models in children’s stories"

Earlier this week (02/21/17), the CEO of the National Deaf Children’s Society and Deaf Child Worldwide, Susan Daniels posted on Huffington Post UK about Daisy and Ted's Awesome Adventures (2016) by Alex Naidoo. Daniels explains:

The book follows a deaf girl and her hearing friend as they travel through time and space, meeting everyone from monsters and magicians to dragons and dinosaurs.
Daisy’s deafness sometimes poses challenges, but she always finds a creative solution - for example, using sign language on board a noisy pirate ship and asking aliens to tuck their tentacles away from their mouths when talking so that she can lip-read!
Daniels notes, “The book became an Amazon #1 best seller in its first week on sale and got really positive reviews on social media, so clearly there is demand for more disabled role models in children’s stories.”

While it does not appear that we have access to purchasing the book through Amazon here in the States, you may be able to go through the NDCS website.

For more information about Daisy and Ted's Awesome Adventures (2016) by Alex Naidoo, visit the NDCS website here:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Freak City (2014) by Kathrin Schrocke being made into a film

Twoyears ago, I came across a book, Freak City (2014) by KathrinSchrocke; translated from German by Tammi Reichel. This morning my friend and colleague (the one who is fluent in German) pointed me to a video in German with English captions (just be sure to click CC and select English if you're like me).  A movie is being made based on the novel!

There will be a 110min feature film, based on Kathrin Schrocke's novel. The film description includes the plot of Mike, who is 15-years-old. Basically, he’s one of those teens who seems to fall in love with love and perhaps thinks about sex a bit too much. He meets Lea, an intelligent girl who is full of life. She also happens to be Deaf since birth. Mika decides to take a sign language course partly to communicate with Lea and partly to show off to his ex-girlfriend but then he discovers that he’s really smitten with Lea. 

The main difference appears to be the spelling of their names but keep in mind that I am going back and forth between a German website to translations. 

Deaf characters will be played by Deaf actors with the film team including both Deaf and hearing members. Unfortunately because the film did not receive public funding they’re financing the shooting through crowdfunding.

Currently, they're in a Crowdfunding stage with hopes to begin filming in August in Berlin.

For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook group

If you'd like to start reading the book, the information is below. 
Freak City (2014) by Kathrin Schrocke; translated from German by Tammi Reichel
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scarlet Voyage (January 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623240050
ISBN-13: 978-1623240059

Book description:
Mika's heart is broken, until he sees Leah. A smart, beautiful, and brave girl, Leah has been deaf since birth. When Mika meets her for the first time, he feels something electric. They cannot communicate much, so Mika decides to take a sign language course. His family and friends are skeptical, and Mika soon grows weary, too. The world of deaf people is so much different than his own. Can their two worlds intersect? There is also Sandra, Mika’s ex-girlfriend, who he cannot seem to get over. But Mika cannot shake that Leah has captured his heart. . . . Author Kathrin Schrocke tells the story of two teens and their tender, quirky, and extraordinary love.

About the author:
Kathrin Schrocke was born in 1975 in Augsburg, Germany. She studied German and psychology in Bamberg. Schrocke has received numerous prizes and nominations for her work, including the Nettetaler Youth Book Prize (2010), and the nomination for the German Youth Literature Prize (2011) and the Hansjörg-Martin Prize for the best German Youth Thriller (2010). She lives in Berlin and is the author of numerous stories and plays, as well as novels for children and young adults.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Anime film, A Silent Voice, will be subtitled for Japanese viewers

Rocket News 24 reported today that an anime film about a bullied deaf girl will be shown in theaters with subtitles for Japanese audiences. Don’t get too excited; this is only being screen in Japan with Japanese subtitles but it is excellent news that the producers of A Silent Voice are starting to see that they have fans just like the series’ female lead who is Deaf.

“Manga creator Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice, titled Koe no Katachi (literally “The Shape of Voice”) in Japanese, begins with a new student transferring into elementary school student Shoya’s class. His new classmate is a deaf girl named Shoko, and as is sadly, yet often, the case, that difference makes her the target of bullies, with Shoya acting as the ringleader of her tormenters.
But bullying just leads to more bullying, and eventually the vicious circle comes back around and Shoya finds himself on the receiving end of taunts and jeers. Unable to form a lasting friendship throughout elementary and middle school, upon entering high school Shoya resolves to make amends for mistreating Shoko when they were younger, and the story follows his attempts at redemption and the challenges that arise along the way.
The manga began serialization in 2013, and has attracted enough critical and popular acclaim that it’s being adapted into a theatrical anime by the talented team at Kyoto Animation, with its opening scheduled for September 17. The trailer looks impressive, filled with the sort of careful yet emotional character animation that the studio has become known for.
But while nice visuals are always a plus, it’s the story of A Silent Voice, and its willingness to have a deaf character play a key role, that’s won praise for the franchise. As such, it’s only fitting that theaters nationwide will be showing the film with Japanese subtitles, for the benefit of the hearing impaired.
Making this move particularly surprising is the fact that most televised anime in Japan is broadcast without closed captions. Likewise, the majority of anime DVDs lack Japanese subtitling, preventing deaf fans viewers from fully enjoying a huge portion of the country’s animation output.
The decision to accommodate deaf audiences in a film featuring a deaf character is somewhat evocative of 2015 anime Miss Hokusai, in which the protagonist’s younger sister is blind. Japanese home video versions of the film include an audio option in which a narrator describes the on-screen settings and action for those who cannot see.”

All of the theaters that are scheduled to show A Silent Voice will show the subtitled version once a day at each of the locations between September 24 and 30. If you're in Japan and fluent in Japanese, this is excellent news. For the rest of us, we'll have to wait to see if this becomes available online.