Article Title

Show Me a Sign


Maryn Wheeler


Deaf Community, Historical, Intermediate, Outstanding

Document Type

Book Review


Eleven-year-old Mary Lambert thrives as a young deaf girl on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th century. Many people on the island are deaf and can communicate through sign. While the islanders navigate disputes about indigenous land rights, a scientist from the mainland arrives to investigate the causes of deafness on the island. When Mary is kidnapped by the scientist to further his study on the mainland, she is mistreated and realizes how isolating it is to not be able to communicate. Eventually, Mary befriends a maid who helps her escape. Making her way to the docks, Mary meets a sailor who rescues and reunites her with her own community.