Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Esty Schaeffer
Ages 12 +

Shelly and Ian used to be close, but after Ian leaves home to attend the Hawthorne School for the Deaf, Shelly feels abandoned, and the two drift apart.

When Ian returns home with news that the future of Hawthorne is in jeopardy, Shelly isn't sure she wants him back. And Ian, who has enjoyed living with students and staff who sign all the time, feels angry when his family forgets to do the same.
An explosive argument that could drive brother and sister further apart actually offers hope for reconciliation-a hope that grows as Shelly's spirited best friend, Lisa, helps strengthen their bond.

The siblings grow closer still when they find themselves coping with an unexpected tragedy. To fully heal her relationship with Ian, however, Shelly needs to acknowledge and understand why Hawthorne-and access to the Deaf community-is so important to him. To do so, she'll need to take action and stop waiting for a sign.
Written by clinical social worker Esty Schachter, Waiting for a Sign celebrates the beauty and power of Deaf culture, offering readers an opportunity for insight and understanding.


Waiting for a Sign is a touching story about siblings reconnecting with each other after a tragedy helps them find common ground. The author does a wonderful job with including ASL in her book. Signed dialogue appears in italics, and it works perfectly. I was able to easily visualize the signed conversations even though I don't know ASL. It's a short book and easy to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Profanity:  None
Sexuality:  None
Violence:   None

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