Thursday, January 31, 2008

New 'Deaf Character' Thriller for ages 9-12 by Australian author Christine Harris

Mask of the Jackal (2008) by Christine Harris
Reading Level: 9-12 years old
150 pages
ISBN 978-0-646-48531-7

Book Description
Morgan Steele is fascinated by Ancient Egypt and mummies. Until he is alone in a museum basement and strange things begin to happen.
'There are three mummified bodies down here. I know they're thousands of years old and can't hurt me. Yet pictures flash into my mind of skin torn from faces, of gaping holes where mouths should be. I begin to sweat.'
What starts as a school assignment ends with Morgan involved in the disappearance of a mummy, kidnapping, madness, a terrifying attempt to escape danger and a search for immortality.

Author Christine Harris' Mask of the Jackal features a deaf girl named Jordy. Harris, who lives in South Australia, learned Australian Sign Language for a year and that inspired her to include a deaf character.

I can't wait to read this book! In the meantime, check out an excerpt on the author's website.


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