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Ferris, Jean
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001
ISBN 0374355800
Imagine growing up in a family where no one else could where no one else could hear you.  This was Theo's life, had been for seventeen years.  Both of his parents were deaf as well as his younger brother. It's not that they didn't communicate, the whole family used the American sign language. Theo's mother, was a very demanding, famous sculptor and depended on Theo for talking to galleries, getting itineraries confirmed, and a whole lot more than any high school student should be asked to do with full time studies. His mother would think nothing of making him miss a day of school or more if she had an important opening coming up. Theo thought his dream of attending MIT was just that, only a dream. When he met Ivy, everything changed. She was the first person that convinced him that he did deserve a life of his own, that he is of "sound mind" and it was ok to move on. He was convinced until the day of the tragic event, an event that  altered his entire family's life. Would he now have to throw his dreams away?  OF SOUND MIND BY JEAN FERRIS  (Sharon Macdonald, Director of Youth Services, Rye Public Library, Rye, NH,
SUBJECTS:     Deaf -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        American sign language -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.


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