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A quiet kind of thunder, Sara Barnard

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A quiet kind of thunder
Title
A quiet kind of thunder
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Sara Barnard
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eng
Summary
Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder ... Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Steffi does not know why she is unable to speak. She has plenty of diagnoses, including selective mutism and severe anxiety disorder. So her first day in sixth form without her best friend, who has always been there to speak for Steffi, is terrifying. Then the principal introduces Steffi to Rhys, a new boy who is deaf, explaining that Steffi’s rudimentary ability to converse in British Sign Language will help Rhys adjust. Rhys is cute and funny, and it’s not long before Steffi is crushing badly. A relationship between a girl who cannot speak and a boy who cannot hear is not without challenges, but Steffi and Rhys craft a unique bond that would have been impossible had they both been “normal.” Barnard gives her characters a bit of racial diversity—Rhys is mixed race—and backstories that are replete with complicated families and friendships. The result is a delightfully original love story. Recommend to readers who enjoyed John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down (2017) or Whitney Gardner’s You’re Welcome, Universe (2017). -- Colson, Diane (Reviewed 12/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 7, p56)
  • Gr 9 Up—When Steffi solves an equation out loud, her shocked classmates turn and stare. At school, Steffi never talks: she's a selective mute with glossophobia and an anxiety disorder. She also has supportive parents, a good therapist and the resolve to communicate at least sometimes—at her part-time job, for example, or with Tem, her trusted friend. It's not that Steffi doesn't want to speak; but sometimes, she just can't. Or, as she puts it: "Meekness is my camouflage. Silence is my force field." This doesn't phase Rhys, however, a new student who is deaf, for whom the speaking world is always silent. That's why he's a good foil and love interest. Unfortunately, he has a habit of editing himself when he signs, keeping his negative thoughts from others and making him hard to read. He may have a wonderful smile, but deep down he's pretty sure that Steffi can do better, which she assures him is not true. Together they build the confidence to find their own voices in a committed relationship. This issues-driven read will make teens care as much about the characters as about the issues that it raises. VERDICT A strong contemporary novel that portrays strength of character through a romance between its protagonists. Recommended as a general purchase.—Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY --Georgia Christgau (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 12, p105)
  • A 16-year-old English girl with too much anxiety to speak in public makes a new friend. Steffi no longer identifies as selectively mute, though she still finds it nearly impossible to speak in public. She's currently diagnosed with a range of anxiety and communication disorders: healthier but still fragile. And Tem, her sole childhood friend, has switched schools, leaving her alone. Nevertheless, Steffi's been doing cognitive behavioral therapy and has started medication; she's determined to make this the year when she speaks in school. A teacher introduces Steffi to a new boy at school, Rhys, because he's deaf, and Steffi knows a little British Sign Language. A very little—Steffi's BSL and Rhys' lip reading are adequate, but as their friendship grows, they switch fluidly among sign, fingerspelling, writing, and texts. Her deepening relationship with Rhys is exciting, but is he with her only because she speaks BSL? Steffi's improving mental health might enable her to go to university despite parental ambivalence, but her expanding social life alienates her from Tem. There's broad representation in this romantic coming-of-age novel: of perception of disability (Steffi wants to be "normal," Rhys wouldn't choose to hear); of family support (Steffi's infantalizing mum, Rhys' BSL-fluent family); of a racially diverse community (Steffi's white, Tem's black, Rhys is biracial black/white, and their community is realistically diverse). Both earnest and nuanced without seeking causes or cures. (Fiction. 14-16) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2017)
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10564891
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Barnard, Sara
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Selective mutism
  • Deaf youth
  • Sign language
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Deaf youth
  • Selective mutism
  • Sign language
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Selective mutism
  • Deaf
  • Love
  • Coming of age
Target audience
adolescent
Label
A quiet kind of thunder, Sara Barnard
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
Control code
1906448
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9781534402416
Lccn
2016961321
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781534402416
  • (OCoLC)989964465
Label
A quiet kind of thunder, Sara Barnard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1906448
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9781534402416
Lccn
2016961321
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781534402416
  • (OCoLC)989964465

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