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Deaf Child Crossing

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    A cute story about true friendship

    My Thoughts:

    I picked this book up because #1, I love Marlee Matlin, and #2, it follows a girl who is deaf, and a girl who is friends with a girl who is deaf. It is a middle grade book, and a very fast read by comparison to what I read normally. So much of the writing is very simple and easy to follow.

    Megan and Cindy are both very nice girls (although quite stubborn at times). Megan can be obnoxious, and Cindy can be overly helpful. Somehow they manage to overcome their flaws and remain friends. Cindy learns to fingerspell, and Megan starts to teach her how to sign words. They go to camp together and face more tests to their friendship. They learn how to overcome their differences and treat each other with the right kind of respect a person deserves, whether they are deaf or hearing.

    One of my favorite parts in this book is when I find out that Megan is obsessed with Billy Joel. Okay, now you’re thinking, “How can somebody who can’t hear listen to music?” Megan is more hard of hearing than deaf, so with hearing aids she can hear some things, but only when it’s very loud. She even signs the song “Just The Way You Are” for Cindy. And she has a poster of him on her door. Needless to say, I could relate to Megan in that way, because, let’s face it, Billy Joel is awesome.

    All in all, this was a very cute book. Marlee Matlin wrote a genuinely superb story of these two girls and the true meaning of friendship. I recommend Deaf Child Crossing for everyone, but I especially find great value in kids reading it. Understanding how to treat people when they’re deaf (or blind or facing other circumstances out of their control) can go a long way to building lasting friendships. It also ensures a feeling of equality and respect that everyone deserves to have no matter who they are.

    My Rating:

    Very Good: Stay up late

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    A bundle of contradictions...

    Marlee Matlin's Deaf Child Crossing stars Megan Merrill, a profoundly deaf nine-year-old living in Illinois. Her parents and her older brother Matt are all hearing, but they communicate with Megan through a combination of sign language and speech. Megan wears hearing aids and is able to read lips, but is unable to use the telephone, a constant source of frustration for her. <BR/><BR/>As the story begins, Megan is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new neighbors...of their daughter in particular. She has few school friends, and longs for a friend her own age. Cindy is at first intimidated by the loud, forward Megan (she is unable to modulate her speech volume), but the two strike up a friendship. The two are like day and night: Megan's room is messy, everything is purple, and she plays Billy Joel songs really loudly, where Cindy's room is white, plain, and orderly. Megan is computer savvy, where Cindy's never been on a chat room. Megan is good at Rollerblading, while Cindy runs into things. But Megan and Cindy quickly declare each other BFF: Best Friends Forever, and Cindy tries to learn sign language so that the two have an easier time communicating. <BR/><BR/>Megan becomes really upset when her mom wants her to go to a summer camp, throwing tantrums and going into hysterics. She has a top-secret reason why she's reluctant, but Cindy eventually convinces her that they should go to camp together. Before they even get on the bus, the two have had a major falling out over Cindy signing for Megan in a department store. Megan is furious that Cindy would dare to help her without asking first, and Cindy can't understand what Megan is so upset about. <BR/><BR/>Megan has a lot to learn about being a good friend, though. At camp, she quickly abandons Cindy for Lizzie, another deaf girl. And when Megan and Cindy's cabin comes up with a great idea, Megan claims all the credit, even though it was Cindy's idea. A dramatic ghost story sets the climax in motion, but there's nothing too traumatic. <BR/><BR/>The child-friendly introduction to Deaf culture (Closed Captioning, TDD, sign language interpreters, signing songs) was generally effective, but it would have been nice if a fingerspelling alphabet had been included in the back as was done with the sequel Nobody's Perfect. <BR/><BR/>Overall, I found Deaf Child Crossing to be a bundle of contradictions: Megan is an unlikeable protagonist. She's pushy, whiny, and when she comes up against something she can't do, like talk on the telephone, she throws tantrums and takes out her frustration on her family and friends. Instead of facing challenges, she runs, frequently getting herself into trouble. And she treats her supposed BFF like dirt, not understanding why it's important to give other people credit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    A Great Book!

    This book was really good! I finished it in a few hours. I couldn't put the book down. I need to read the second book! This book has to be my new favorite! The characters and conflicts are easy to relate to. I found this book very interesting because of Megan. She is deaf, but is very independent. Marlee Matlin perfectly captures each emotion at the right times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006


    I loved this book so much. People can learn a lot about it. I have told everyone I know how good it is. If it wasn't for my mom and dad I would never have had this book. I will keep reading books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006


    Wow! This book was so amazing. It really has a true & important meaning of friendship and it touches your heart. Marlee Matlin was really creative towards writing this story and i truly loved it... AND SO WILL YOU! be sure to read this best selling novel, it is so amazing. Read about the friendship of 2 completely different girls, how they met, and their friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Deaf Child Crossing

    Megan is a deaf girl who wants a best friend to talk to. She is trying to be as independant as possible. She meets a girl named Cindy on the same street. They become inseparable. They go off to camp and Megan finds a new friend that is deaf as well. Her name is Lizzie. Megan feels she can talk to her because would understand her better than other people. Cindy on the other hand feels left out and that she is loosing her friend that she just met. She also feels left out because they are deaf and she is not. They all need to solve there problems and became friends again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    I LOVE IT!

    I am not yet finished with this book, but so far it is one of my top ten favorites! It teaches a great lesson and the events that occur in this book can easily relate to most young girls lives. The author gives amazing description and adds so much of her inspiring life. The has never yet grown borring and I have never had a reason to put the book down unless my mother is calling me for supper. I cant wait to finish this book and read it over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    Wonderful Story!!!!

    This book was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It demonstrated many things that every kid goes through in life and in showed one very important aspect of everyone's life, friendship. The two girls in this story were great and sometimes it took a fight between them for Megan to realize how important friendship is. It was great how Megan found out that Cindy was concerned only because they were best friends and that whata friends do for each other. This is a awesome book and I think everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Great book!

    What a great insight to a wonderful character who happens to be deaf. Our daughters loved the book (they're 7 and 10) and we even caught our son who is 11 sneaking a peak into the book. We found it also great for adults as my wife and I were reading it while at the bookstore. My wife said it reminded her of the Judy Blume books she read as a child but wouldn't mind reading again as an adult! We knew Ms. Matlin as a great actress and now we're glad to see she's added author to her accomplishments. Big recommendation for this book for any parent looking for good reading for their child.

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