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Jade Is The Only Hearing Member In Her Family Her Older Sister Gets To Go To The School For The Deaf Headed By Her Grandfather Gilbert, But Jade Feels Left Out Marla Thinks Her Little Sister Is A Pest And A Brat When They End Up On The Same Softball Team For The Summer, Neither Is Happy About It Jade, The Smallest Player On The Team, Is Assigned To Be The Catcher It Looks Like It S Going To Be A Long Season As Sisters, They Are Often At Loggerheads, But As Team Mates Jade And Marla Have To Find Ways To Get Along In Spite Of Their Differences, They Soon Discover That Each Has A Lot To Offer The Other

10 thoughts on “Strong Deaf

  1. says:

    Note I received this ARC free in exchange for an honest review.Early Bird Notes Okay, so I get that when ASL is directly translated into English PSE SEE it is choppy and caveman sounding When it is signed in ASL, it is not It is fluid like any other sentence It drives me nuts that the author, whose sister is deaf, would continue to push forward a stereotype that signing is equivalent to dumbed down English Any language you translate directlywill come across juvenile in the other language but makes sense when in context of the original language Deaf people that I know do not think in these fragmented sentences, they think like everyone else does To have the story told in ridiculous fragments, by Marla, is just insulting.37% completed What I do like about the book, is the interaction Marla deaf has with her new softball coach hearing It s an all too common situation I ve seen, where a hearing person speaks BIIIG EXXXAAGGERRATTED WORRRRRDDSSS to the person who is deaf Slow and loud, as if that will make them suddenly hear What I thought was idiotic was that when Marla s friend hearie, fingerspells entire sentences says that Choke up on the bat is an idiom Marla reacts as if ASL has NO idioms and that she s completely unfamiliar with them ASL has idioms and they know what they are You can even see a few here, as an example OR See video examples here, which are way fun Not to mention, Marla supposedly has been playing softball for several years which makes it unlikely that she has never in her life come across any softball lingo The book s one redeeming quality was when Marla s friend tells a story about how she went to a hearing school for 8 years and is the only deaf child in her entire family, how alone she felt, how isolated and out of place Until she went to a deaf school and felt like she was Harry Potter a wizard in a magical place surrounded by magical people like her When Marla says her sister isn t REAL family because she isn t deaf and tries to use the story against Jade, calling her a muggle The father deaf says Maybe story backward Maybe Jade wizard, you muggle As Jade is the only hearing girl in a deaf family That was profound, a sentence that could open many eyes on both sides of these cultures This book was a big disappointment, overall The characters were highly unlikable 2 bratty, spoiled sisters who are supposed to be 12 14, but who both act far beyond their years in a way that isn t very believable The sisters are downright mean to each other the entire book, then they have a moment and they re all peachy keen and lovey dovey Marla has a deep seeded resentment for all her hearing family even her sister who signs 100% fluently but has no problem with hearing friends who fingerspell entire sentences Why do they do that, by the way Many times throughout the book, Marla is referenced as texting incessantly to all her friends, deaf and hearing So why does she randomly cease to forget her cell phone exists and rely on slow pidgin finger spelling with the twins I feel like an opportunity was missed here to shed real experience and bridges into an area that is only recently being brought to light again She had many small references to subplots Hearing president at Gallaudet and the protests that caused, how hearing people and deaf people interact, cochlear implants, etc and instead she decided to focus on petty pre teen angst The plot was weak, disjointed and just seemed to come together however the author needed it to with little forethought.

  2. says:

    This was a short, simple book, but an important one It is essentially a story of sibling rivalry, but what makes it fascinating is the relationship between the two girls I ve read a lot about Deaf history and Deaf culture, and there is a lot of talk about how it is for deaf kids to grow up in hearing households with varying levels of Sign fluency This is the first book I ve read discussion I ve seen about what it would be like for a hearing girl to grow up in a Deaf household That part was fascinating For example, Jade mentioned that though she had grown up immersed in Sign, she signed like Signed English instead of with ASL grammar, and had a hard time keeping up with the shortcuts and slang that are constantly changing in the language Theoretically, she s a native ASL speaker, and thus should be as aware of the placement differences between the signs for lemon and for lunch as her congenitally deaf older sister But this is not the case However, the author s website says that she has a deaf sister, and is thus probably quite involved in the Deaf community, and knows about differing levels of ASL fluency It was a surprise to me.Similarly, several people mentioned that they were thrown off in the beginning by Marla s chapters being written in ASL grammar instead of standard English grammar I enjoyed it, because I could imagine some of the ASL signs that I knew Now if only the book came with movie outtakes so that we could see some of the scenes playing out Actually, this book would make a fantastic movie.For those who are perhaps not fascinated with the ins and outs of ASL linguistics, say, some of the young adults to whom it is marketed, it s a fun story that kids should be able to relate to and enjoy It s a story on both sisters parts of feeling like you don t belong, and that s something that all teenagers can relate to.

  3. says:

    Combine sibling rivalry within a strong Deaf family that includes a hearing daughter leads the reader to understand a bit about Deaf culture Jade is twelve, her sister Marla fourteen Marla attends a residential school for the deaf and comes home for the summer and weekends Neither girl likes it when Marla is home, and the rivalry becomes intense Their parents and one set of grandparents are Strong Deaf, about that below.The story is told from both girls perspectives Jade s narrative is in perfect English Marla s is typed as if signed in ASL The casual reader may find reading ASL a bit off putting Even though I know ASL, I had a hard time reading it at first as it is not a language to be put down on paper Consider Marla s narrative as a dialect told through the hands, instead of voicing The author does a great job showing unspoken motives behind the characters actions One example that summer Dad decides he doesn t want to have to drive to two different softball practices and games He, therefore, convinces the softball league organizer that Jade should be on Marla s team, even though she isn t actually old enough His excuse is for Jade to act as an interpreter Interpreter No way This only adds fuel to the fire of sibling rivalry.The parents are so Strong Deaf that they drive to Gallaudet University when there is an uprising about hiring a new president They leave the girls behind with Grandma H the hearing grandmother Marla is quite peeved A very interesting book.

  4. says:

    I almost stopped reading at page 17 While my signs are Exact Signed English, they use ASL, sort of a sign language shortcut Aaaaargh No no no One, it s Signed Exact English SEE , and it seems unlikely to me that a child of deaf parents with a deaf sibling who has signed from birth would use SEE Two, ASL is not sign language shortcut but a rich, full language with a completely different grammar and syntax than English To me it was obvious that a hearing person outside the Deaf community wrote this, and I was disappointed I suppose it would still make for a good read for reluctant middle schoolers, especially deaf students.

  5. says:

    This book might be good but I just can t get past the putting ASL in the written English.ASL is not a written language By putting it into words, you make it sound dumb and non expressive When signing, ASL is just as descriptive, expressive, and real a language as spoken English is Lynn McElfresh also has Marla text in ASL syntax, which is not accurate Deaf people can write just as well as hearing people can, and usually do so in the same syntax as English.

  6. says:

    This is a great insight into deaf culture and feeling like the odd one out Jade is hearing in a deaf world, her older sister Marla lives at a deaf school where she feels like everyone else, but home for the long summer holidays she feels left out when it comes to her sister Growing up with deafness in my family although not to the degree of Jade s family I related to a lot of this book Those not familiar with sign language grammar may struggle a little as especially Marla s parts is written as it would be signed.

  7. says:

    Jade the only hearing person in her family battles with her sister Marla almost constantly when she is home from her boarding school for the Deaf Their extended family have a long line of being Strong Deaf living Deaf with pride, passion and achievements I loved how this back and forth story between sisters uses ASL speak and thoughts whenever a Deaf person is talking, thinking or speaking ASL Excellent for young readers looking for a story about sibling issues and those interested in Deaf culture as well.

  8. says:

    Original review posted on Strong Deaf is a unique experience in many ways For one, the story is told from alternating perspectives between Jade and her older sister Marla As Marla is deaf, her part of the story is told in ASL American Sign Language which can be hard to adjust to when you re reading it and not seeing it.Once I got used to the style, I enjoyed it and it really helped me to see things from Marla s perspective As a reader with some experience with ASL, I found myself imagining Marla sitting in front of me signing her side of the story However, readers unfamiliar with ASL may have difficulty adjusting enough to get into the story.What also adds to Strong Deaf s uniqueness is the fact that whereas many stories about deaf children involve the deaf child living in a family of hearing in this story, the hearing sister is actually the minority in her household It was a nice change getting to see the hearing deaf ratio essentially reversed, and seeing the deaf culture from a family so strongly involved in it.As for the content, the synopsis is not really an accurate summary of the book as the majority of the storyline and character development takes place off the softball field Also, though both siblings had their life lessons to learn, I actually felt that Marla was immature than her little sister and downright condescending towards the hearing world, including those in her own family Of course, as Marla points out, she s a teenager now, and so the extreme behavior Marla displayed could have been an intentional reflection of her age Fortunately, the two girls have stable parents and an extended family to help guide the young girls through such an awkward time.That said, Strong Deaf is a story about young siblings learning how to relate to each other though from an added extreme than most siblings find themselves and with that, McElfresh crafted a fantastic story Though revolving around deaf culture and the differences between the hearing and deaf, anyone with siblings close in age can relate to the story Who doesn t remember the petty fights arguing over chores, personal space, privacy, friendships with their siblings Readers can also relate to Jade s feeling of not knowing how to fit in even among her own family.McElfresh s new book is a great recommendation for children and young adults It s a pretty quick read that will hopefully leave the reader with new insights Strong Deaf conveys a message that is much needed among young siblings trying to move from rivalry to maturity.

  9. says:

    Jade is the only person in her family who can hear They are Deaf with a capital D Her older sister Marla gets to go to the all deaf boarding school that her family is deeply involved in, but Jade has to go to a hearing school The two are different as night and day, and Jade feels left out of her sister s world When the two end up on the same softball team all summer, they re forced to really spend time together and start communicating What they discover about themselves and each other changes their perspectives.A short, sweet novel aimed at middle grade readers, McElfresh s novel tries to make Deaf culture accessible for the outsider In some ways, she succeeds at creating a loving family with very different children who both just want to be accepted McElfresh uses dual perspectives to narrate the book, and each sister has a chance to get her say It moves quickly and will work for reluctant readers, because each chapter is short.However, I couldn t help but find myself uncomfortable with how McElfresh chose to translate Marla s chapters Marla uses ASL to communicate, and as a result, her narration uses short, choppy sentences that read like dumbed down English than anything While I understand that ASL doesn t translate perfectly to standard written English, it is a language of its own, and this felt like a weird disservice to the characters and the readers ASL flows beautifully when it s being signed, and there s no reason to do a literal translation in a book like this, especially with no explanation or rationale as to why.McElfresh is hearing but has a deaf sister She wrote the book to explore what it was like for two sisters who communicate differently, and there s some nice stuff here I just couldn t get past how squirmy I felt about the ASL translation.It might find an audience of young readers interested in Deaf culture.Strong Deaf by Lynn McElfresh Namelos 2012 Electronic galley accepted for review via NetGalley.

  10. says:

    I think it is safe to say that for anyone who is familiar with deaf culture, this story is not only relatable but enlightening as well To learn about a hearing person s experience in an all deaf family is unusual most of my friends who are deaf have only hearing relatives It s interesting how being the only different one in your family makes one feel alone and resent their differenceseven going as far as to wish you were deaf to feel accepted by those you love The dual POV s of Jade and Marla were essential to getting the message of Strong Deaf across to the reader and were written brilliantly While I enjoyed reading Jade s thoughts, I loved how Ms McElfresh told Marla s POV in ASL gloss Having to do skits or demos in ASL on a regular basis, I write my notes on paper using English but in ASL order So I completely understood Marla and at times, found myself signing her words Now thats what I call audience participation lol Strong Deaf is much than two sisters learning to get along with eachother I did take Jade s side however and was happy when Marla finally became less bratty and likeable it was about learning to be empathetic and overcoming prejudice regardless of whether you are part of the minority or not To try and understand a person takes effort and determination, requiring that we put them and their feelings ahead of our own If you can do that, then unity will ensue just as it did for Jade and Marla A short heartwarming story, Strong Deaf has an important lesson for us all.Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy for review.