Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Books Updated

Listening to Mondrian by Nadia Wheatley (not yet published)
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (December 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1741148758

Listening to Mondrian is a collection of short stories focusing on adolescents and their diverse family relationships. The characters analyze who they are and how they fit into their families, their communities, and the world. One short story includes a CODA (child of Deaf Adults) page 136 entitled "Alien".

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (2007)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN-10: 0399239898

Set in 1971, main character, Frannie, enjoys analyzing Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope is the thing with feathers/ that perches in the soul". When a new boy enters the school, the class bully nicknames him "Jesus Boy" because of his pale skin and long hair (and because the new student is the only white student in the classroom).

Frannie's brother, Sean, is deaf and uses sign language throughout the novel. The book covers issues such as the Vietnam War, adolescents' questions about God, issues of racial segregation and deafness.

The Mammoth Book of Golden Age SF: Ten Classic Stories from the Birth of Modern Science Fiction Writing by Isaac Asimov (Editor), Charles G. Waugh (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor) Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Carroll & Graf (2007)
ISBN-10: 0786719052

This is an anthology of classic Science Fiction stories. One of which, "E for Effort", includes deaf characters from the Arizona School for the Deaf. The emphasis is on their amazing lipreading abilities.

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