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Deaf Character Library
The Deaf Character Library is a collection of fiction books with deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) characters or non-fiction books written about DHH people. These books are available for loan to DHH students and DHH teachers in Orange County Public Schools.
A listing of the books currently available is attached. Contact DHH itinerant teacher Pam Fisher from the East Learning Community to make arrangements to borrow a book. She can be reached via phone (407-737-1490 ext. 6668) or email (pamela.fisher@ocps.net). Books may be kept for up to 3 weeks then returned via courier. Contact Mrs. Fisher if you need to keep a book longer than that.
Information regarding each book is provided, including a brief description, number of pages, and year of publication. Additional information includes:
Lex = Lexile score (Measures reading difficulty of a text. Go to www.lexile.com for info.)

AR-IL = Accelerated Reader Interest Level (LG = lower grades, MG = middle grades, UG = upper grades)

AR-BL = Accelerated Reader Book Level (readability grade level)

AR-Pt = Accelerated Reader Points (based on difficulty of book and number of words)

$ = Replacement cost for the book, if lost.
DHH students and teachers are encouraged to participate in Edmodo online discussions regarding the books that they read from the Deaf Character Library. Contact Mrs. Fisher for information regarding Edmodo as well as the code to join the “Deaf Character Library” Edmodo discussion group.


Title

Author

Description

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Mary Mehan Awake

Armstrong, Jennifer

Mary is emotionally exhausted and physically defeated after two years as a Civil War nurse. Each of the novel's five sections focuses on a different sense--as Mary learns to assist a naturalist with photographing birds, she begins to see things with a photographer's eye; as she falls in love with Dorsett's stable hand, a veteran left deaf by the war, she learns to describe the sounds she hears for him; and so forth.

mary mehan awake

Pages – 128

Pub – 1998

Lex – 920L

AR-IL – UG

AR-BL – 6.2

AR-Pt – 4.0

$6.98


Unheard Voices

Baer, Judy

Lexi's heart aches for Ruth, the new girl in town. Ruth has a severe hearing impairment and becomes the easy target of cutting remarks and cruel jokes. Even one of the teachers treats her with impatience. Lexi is furious with this awful treatment and determines to make friends with her. Lexi discovers that Ruth is a very talented and intelligent girl who is determined to overcome her disability, despite the isolation she feels.

unheard voices

Pages – 141

Pub – 1992

Lex –

AR-IL – UG



AR-BL – 4.4

AR-Pt – 5.0

$5.58


Doggy Dare

Baglio, Ben M.

Joey, a new boy in Mandy's class, is deaf. He wants a dog more than anything, but his mother won't allow it. When a stray dog keeps following Joey around, Mandy thinks that the dog can be taught to help him. Can the stray dog be trained?

doggy dare

Pages – 128

Pub – 2000

Lex – 580L

AR-IL – LG

AR-BL – 3.7

AR-Pt –2.0

$6.94


Young Helen Keller: Woman of Courage

Benjamin, Anne

Created for emerging readers, this biography explores the childhood years of Helen Keller, a deaf-blind woman who overcame obstacles and achieved greatness.



Pages – 31

Pub – 1992

Lex – 490L

AR-IL – LG

AR-BL – 3.1

AR-Pt – 0.5

$7.00


The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

Berk, Josh

Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him?

the dark days of hamburger halpin

Pages – 256

Pub – 2011

Lex – 820L

AR-IL – MG+

AR-BL – 5.4

AR-Pt – 8.0

$8.99


Summer Jobs and Beyond: A Guide for Teens with Hearing Loss

Blatchford, Claire

For any teen, the work world is challenging to break into in today’s economy. Landing that first job often requires extensive networking and a strong ability to “sell oneself.” This calls for confidence, ambition, a solid understanding of the application process, excellent interviewing skills and more. This book features workbook-style pages that complement each topic, suggestions for adults throughout, and specific information related to having a hearing loss and finding a job.

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Pages – 78

Pub – 2009

Lex –

AR-IL –


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$20.00

What Works For Me: Young Adults With Hearing Loss Talk to Teens

Blatchford, Claire

Ten young adults with hearing loss tell teens about what helped them find their way in mainstream schools and what continues to work for them today. Based on an interview with Claire Blatchford, the resulting descriptions are insightful and informative. The same solutions are not for everyone but everyone must find solutions that work for them.

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Pages – 20

Pub – 2005

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$15.00

A World of Knowing: A Story About Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

Bowen, Andy Russell

Having been short, unhealthy, and left out as a child, Thomas Gallaudet empathized with young Alice Cogswell, who was destined to live a life of lonely isolation, unable to communicate. Fortunately for Alice and all deaf persons, Gallaudet stumbled on sign language. This biography gives a contemporary account of the life of the man for whom Gallaudet University is named.

a world of knowing: a story about thomas hopkins gallaudet

Pages – 64

Pub – 1995

Lex – 920L

AR-IL – MG

AR-BL – 5.7

AR-Pt – 1.0

$12.89


Lessons in Laughter

Bragg, Bernard

Bernard Bragg recounts stories of the important people and events in his life. Born profoundly deaf to deaf parents, he was immersed in sign language and deaf culture from birth and was educated at the New York School for the Deaf.. He became a teacher of the deaf himself after graduation from Gallaudet University. He and other deaf actors founded the National Theatre of the Deaf, with which he performed in several different countries.

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Pages – 219

Pub – 1989

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$31.05

Read My Lips

Brown, Teri

Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back. From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique. With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more.

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Pages – 256

Pub – 2008

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$8.09

Movers & Shakers: Deaf People Who Changed the World

Carroll, Cathryn

This book highlights 26 extraordinary people—not because they were deaf—but because of the impact they made on their own society and the world we live in today. Individuals covered include Beethoven, Laurent Clerc, Thomas Edison, William Hoy, Helen Keller, Juliette Gordon Low, and others. A student workbook and teacher’s guide are also included.



Pages – 135

Pub – 1997

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$49.95

A Time of Fear

Chester, Kate

Sara Howell is smart, savvy, beautiful...and deaf. And she's being stalked by someone who knows her every move. It all starts with a single white rose, taped to the buzzer at the howell's apartment. No name. No note. Then Steve finds a menacing message on their answering machine. For a while, Sara refuses to give in to her fright. But when her dog, Tuck, is poisoned, she is terrified. Suddenly, every area of her life is being invaded. Who could be after Sara? This is Book #3 in the Hear No Evil series.)

a time of fear

Pages – 231

Pub – 1996

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$3.44

Death in the Afternoon

Chester, Kate

Sara Howell is smart, savvy, beautiful--and deaf. When her father, Lt. Paul Howell, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, she feels it's her duty to find some answers. Her brother, Steve, insists the case is too dangerous for Sara, but she persists. Soon Sara finds herself in the middle of an investigation that puts her and Steve in more danger than she could imagine. (This is Book #1 in the Hear No Evil series.)

death in the afternoon

Pages – 244

Pub – 1996

Lex – 770L

AR-IL – UG

AR-BL – 5.0

AR-Pt – 6.0

$7.39


Missing

Chester, Kate

Sara Howell is smart, savvy, beautiful and deaf and thinks Kimberly Roth has it all. But Kimberly has a problem--she's missing. The police think she just wanted to get attention. But when Sara--who senses real foul play this time--digs for clues, she puts her own life in jeopardy. (This is Book #2 in the Hear No Evil series.)

missing! (hear no evil)

Pages – 182

Pub – 1996

Lex – 720L

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$3.44

Playing with Fire

Chester, Kate

A string of fires are the hottest news Radley has seen in years. When Sara sees flames coming from a house on her way to school, she rescues a little boy and becomes an overnight hero. But with the attention taken away from his own deeds, the deranged arsonist makes Sara his next target. (This is Book #6 in the Hear No Evil series.)

playing with fire

Pages – 227

Pub – 1997

Lex – 790L

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$5.04

Sudden Death

Chester, Kate

When Sara's friend Amy is found dead in Shadow Point Park, Sara immediately suspects Amy's possessive and sometimes violent boyfriend, Mark. Even though the police think Amy's death was an accident, Sara is determined to find the killer. (This is Book #5 in the Hear No Evil series.)

hear no evil

Pages – 228

Pub – 1997

Lex – 730L

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$4.00

No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams

Coleman, Derrick and Marcus Brotherton

Trailblazing Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman Jr.—the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—tells his inspirational journey of persevering through every obstacle, remaining dedicated to the hard work and a no-excuses attitude that ultimately earned him a Super Bowl victory. At the heart of his story is his unconventional family, whose one constant was always love.

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Pages – 272

Pub – 2015

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$16.81

Falling Into Fear

Colledge, Ann

A story featuring a deaf young girl who has to leave her home for a while, to live with her grandparents, because her mother is seriously ill. She experiences disconcerting time-slip adventures, but gradually she learns not to be frightened by them, but rather to learn to cope with the difficulties of her real life.

falling into fear

Pages – 92

Pub – 2004

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$11.99


Silent Dances

Crispin, A.C. and Kathleen O’Malley

Deaf since birth, Tesa is the perfect ambassador to the alien Grus, whose sonic cries can shatter human ears. But her mission is harder than it looks. The Grus are not alone on their world. They have deadly enemies, both natural and otherwise. And if Tesa is to save all life on the planet, she will have to make peace with not one alien species... but -two-.

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Pages –

Pub – 1990

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$6.00

Rally Caps

Cutler, Stephen J. and Jodi Michelle Cutler

Ten-year-old Jordan is injured in an unfortunate and frightening accident while trying out for the Little League Travel team. Recovery is difficult. At summer camp he struggles to conquer his anxiety and fear in order to return to his beloved game of baseball. He forms a friendship with a deaf Italian boy, Luca, who wears a cochlear implant.

rally caps

Pages – 87

Pub – 2007

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$16.95

A Maiden’s Grave

Deaver, Jeffrey

Eight vulnerable deaf girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: one hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met. Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator, has a plan. But so does one of the hostages-a beautiful teacher who's willing to do anything to save the lives of her students.

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Pages – 544

Pub – 2001

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$8.99

Gallaudet: Friend of the Deaf

Degering, Etta

Thomas Gallaudet was unsure about what he wanted to do with his life. One day he noticed a young, deaf girl who was ignored by her brothers and sisters. Gallaudet was inspired to help deaf people cope with their hearing losses. He is credited with helping to develop and teach American Sign Language. This is his story.



Pages – 170

Pub – 1964

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$62.00

Dovey Coe

Dowell, Frances O’Roarke

Parnell may be the son of the richest man in town, but he's mean and snobby, and Dovey can't stand the fact that he's courting her sister, Caroline, or the way he treats her brother, Amos, as if he were stupid just because he can't hear. So when Parnell turns up dead, and Dovey's in the room where his body is discovered, she soon finds herself on trial for murder.

dovey coe

Pages – 192

Pub – 2001

Lex – 980L

AR-IL – MG

AR-BL – 5.4

AR-Pt – 6.0

$6.29


A Silent Fury

Eason, Lynette

Tragedy strikes Palmetto Deaf School—twice. With one student murdered and another missing, it's up to homicide detective Catelyn Clark to find the killer—and probable kidnapper—fast. She'll even work with her ex-boyfriend, FBI agent Joseph Santino, to solve the case…while keeping her distance. Relationships between cops never work; her parents taught her that. They also taught her that the only one she can rely on is herself.

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Pages – 256

Pub – 2009

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$4.70


Of Sound Mind

Ferris, Jean

High school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a welcome duty, especially in the case of his mother, Palma. She is a successful sculptor who, being deeply suspicious of "hearies," expects Theo to act as her business manager. And Jeremy relies on Theo for company and homework help.

of sound mind

Pages – 224

Pub – 2004

Lex – 730L

AR-IL – UG

AR-BL – 5.1

AR-Pt – 7.0

$8.99


The Miracle Worker

Gibson, William

This is the full script for the stage play depicting the beginning of the relationship between deaf-blind Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, her teacher.

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Pages – 120

Pub – 1988

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$10.45

In This Sign

Greenberg, Joanne

Abel and Janice Ryder begin their married life together with all the hopes and dreams of a young couple deeply in love. But before long they realize that their deafness stands as an immense barrier between them and the society that seems to work only for those who can hear. Inexperienced, ignorant, and bewildered, they leave the harsh environment of a school for the handicapped and enter the insensitive world of the hearing. Their hearing daughter serves as the link between the hearing and deaf worlds

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Pages – 288

Pub – 1984

Lex –

AR-IL –


AR-BL –

AR-Pt –


$11.78
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