Tuesday, June 05, 2007

New Books Updated

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller (2007) by Sarah Miller
Pub. Date: July 28, 2007
Age Range: 10 to 12
Hardcover: 240pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Most of my friends know that I'm not a big fan of books about Helen Keller. That being said, this book offers an alternative approach to the story of Helen Keller. Readers experience the life of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller through journals written by Annie Sullivan. Readers learn about Sullivan's abusive father, her relationship with her "invalid" brother, and her experiences teaching Helen Keller.

RALLY CAPS (2007) by J. Cutler Stephen and Cutler Del Dottore Jodi
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 87 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica (April 16, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1424173817

This story is about two boys who love baseball and who become friends through their experiences at summer camp. One of the main characters is deaf and wears a cochlear implant.

The Garden Wall (2006) by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Imagination; 1 edition (February 2006)
ISBN-10: 1570914672

Okay, I know this is a bit young to be considered "adolescent" literature but something about this book struck me. Maybe it was the author's rich illustrations or knowing that her background included working as a designer for Hallmark and as an assistant art director for at Dartmouth College, or perhaps it was because I'm a sucker for those who take on the dual role of author/illustrator. Since I'm an adolescent at heart and I enjoyed her book so much... and it is my blog I'm including this one:)
Tim is unhappy about moving to a new place. He isn't sure how he will be friends with the girl next door because she is deaf! The publisher explains that this books "opens a window to the deaf experience. Young readers will discover that true communication begins with an open mind and heart". The author/illustrator includes pictures of Tim using sign language with his new friend.

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