Saturday, May 17, 2008

Upcoming Books with Deaf Characters

T4 (September 22, 2008) by Ann Clare LeZotte
Reading level: Ages 9-12
112 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family's door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.

Deaf Sentence: A Novel (September 18, 2008) by David Lodge
Reading Level: Adult
304 pages
Publisher: Viking
Funny and moving by turns, Deaf Sentence is a witty, original and absorbing account of one man’s effort to come to terms with deafness, ageing and mortality, and the comedy and tragedy of human lives.When the university merged his Department of English with Linguistics, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. He misses the routine of the academic year and has lost his appetite for research. His wife Winifred’s late-flowering career goes from strength to strength, reducing his role to that of escort, while the rejuvenation of her appearance makes him uneasily conscious of the age gap between them. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on his aged father who stubbornly refuses to leave the house he is patently unable to live in with safety.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello There! I am Ann Clare LeZotte, Deaf author of the upcoming T4. Thanks for mentioning my book on your blog. I'm honored. I am hoping that my book will not only draw attention to the Deaf and Disabled victims (and survivors)of the Nazis, but also make people think about the complicated relationship between disability and science, and the need for human diversity, as we move into an era of genetic engineering. I send you my best wishes. Keep up the great work!