Recommended for Readers
in Grades 4 and up
2015 - Newbery Honor
This autobiographical graphic novel is set in the 80s, and tells the story of a girl's struggle to feel accepted by classmates and friends as she tries different hearing aids.
Fans of Smile might want to give this book a try. If you are a fully hearing person, it's a good look at the challenges someone might face in different social situations (sleepovers, class when your hearing aid is broken and the replacement won't arrive for six weeks, that friend who speaks louder and uses small words because she doesn't fully understand your hearing needs, etc.), and it opens up discussions about peers in any situation who might feel different or left out. It's humorous, thoughtful, and the first graphic novel to be recognized with a Newbery Honor.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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