A summer reading list for hard-of-hearing individuals
Whether you're a traditional page turner or prefer to download your reads to a personal electronic device, there's nothing that heralds in the beginning of summer like a good book or two. We've found a few with deaf and hearing-impaired characters that are worth checking out at your local library.
Deaf Child Crossing
by Marlee Matlin
Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin writes about friendship between a young deaf girl, Megan, and her hearing friend in this 208-page book. Once Cindy moves into the neighborhood, the two become inseparable and must learn to navigate the nuances of friendship, including jealousy and independence at summer camp.
by Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin relies on her own childhood experiences to tell the story of Megan, a young deaf girl, and her attempt to befriend the "practically perfect" new girl in school. Megan fears Alexis may not like her because she's deaf - until they're forced to collaborate on a science fair project and Megan discovers her initial perception of Alexis may be wrong.
Of Sound Mind
by Jean Ferris
Theo is the only hearing son in a deaf family. Although he loves his family, his mother and brother are overly dependent. Theo's mother is a sculptor who expects him to act as her business manager, while younger brother Jeremy relies on Theo to help with homework. Theo's father, a carpenter, doesn't like asking his son for help - until he has a stroke and loses the use of his hands. When Theo meets Ivy, another hearing child with a deaf father and an aspiring catering business, they become fast friends - even when their friendship is challenged by changing family dynamics.
Hurt Go Happy
by Ginny Rorby
Although 13 year-old Joey Willis has been deaf since the age of six, her mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. That all changes when she meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his chimpanzee, Sukari, who use sign language to communicate with each other. Her newfound friends and knowledge make Joey happy - until Sukari's survival is threatened.
Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John
Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig if she wants to be their manager. She's deaf, so she can't hear their music and band members aren't the most cooperative, but her journey gives her a growing sense of encouragement, family understanding - and a budding romance!
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
by Josh Berks
Readers dub this as a "witty, geeks-rule" debut about an overweight, unpopular deaf newcomer and his even more unpopular buddy who team up to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. The suspicious circumstances of his death launche the two into a Hardy boys-type scenario in which Will "Hamburger" Halpin uses his ability to read lips and understand human interactions to solve the mystery - and experience a little team romance.
The Connor Westphal Mystery Series
by Penny Warner
Connor Westphal is a deaf journalist in the small town of Flat Skunk. This journalist-turned-amateur-sleuth navigates through fields of death, crime and intrigue in this seven novel series.
by Francis Itani
When, Grania, the five year-old daughter of Irish hoteliers is deafened by a bout of scarlet fever, her mother is devastated. Eventually, she is sent to live at the Ontario School of the Deaf in Belleville, where she learns sign language and speech. After graduation, Grania stays on to teach and meets Jim Lloyd, a hearing man whom she eventually marries. Two weeks later, Jim is sent to war and the two must rely on the letters they send back and forth to keep their love alive.