Singing Hands

Singing Hands

by Delia Ray

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ISBN-13: 9780547533872
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 312 KB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Delia Ray's novel GHOST GIRL: A BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN STORY has been nominated on state lists in Oklahoma, Kansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, and New Hampshire. Ms. Ray is also the author of three young-adult nonfiction books about American history. Her novel SINGING HANDS is based on her mother's experiences growing up as a hearing child with deaf parents. Ms. Ray lives with her family in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Singing Hands 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Augusta Davis just can¿t seem to stay out of trouble. It¿s bad enough that both of her parents are deaf, but her father is the itinerant minister to deaf congregations in the old South. Gussie isn¿t perfect like her older sister, and worse, seems anxious to include her younger sister in her misdeeds. The characterization in this novel is wonderful. The main character is very real in her struggles to do the right thing in the face of an almost insurmountable struggle against her wide mischievous streak. The dialogue is strong, the plot is fun, and this story has a nostalgia reminiscent of Olive Burn¿s Cold Sassy Tree. The author makes her readers care about the issues of discrimination and handicap and stereotypes. This was a fast, fun read. The author¿s note at the end shared a personal note that added even more depth and richness to an already wonderful book.
Jellyn on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Well, it was good in that there were a lot of deaf characters. More than two! It takes place in the 50's and we get a glimpse of how it was harder to be a deaf person if you were also black. Not that the main character is black, of course. She's a white hearing girl.And the main character is most of the problem with this book. She does some really uncaring, unthinking, wrong things and I have trouble understanding why she's doing them when she's doing them. She sneaks into a tenant's locked rock to rummage through and steal the woman's dead husband's clothes so she can pull a prank on her sister. And instead finds love letters from some other guy and takes one of those! And that's not the only wrong thing she does, but it's the one that rubbed me completely the wrong way. Skip Sunday school? Fine. Hum during church? I don't care. But violating someone's privacy like that? For no good reason?Almost wish the book had been about her father rather than her. He's a deaf minister who travels around all over the place to preach and minister in deaf churches all over the state and out of it.
mkgorman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The summer of 1948 in Alabama was supposed to be fun, but this year her parents had decided to keep Gussie Davis home for most of the summer. A hearing girl with deaf parents loves to spontaneously try things, like humming during her father's deaf services, just to see if she'll get caught. Ray follows Gussie's misadventures and finally redemption at the deaf school. Covers issues of hearing versus deaf, early issues of deaf people having no one to sign with and considered strange Interesting story but the cover is a bit blah. I don't think kids would pick it up with that cover, would need to book talk.
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