Gaps in Stone Walls
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Titel: Gaps in Stone Walls
Verlag: Atheneum, US
Einband: Library Binding
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Growing up on Martha's Vineyard in 1880, twelve-year-old Merry Skiffe, a deaf girl, is falsely accused of murder and must prove to the town of Chilmark that she is innocent and that her intellect is not affected by her deafness.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9?This fast-paced crime story is also a fictionalized account of the community of Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, in 1880, where an extraordinary number of people were born Deaf. Virtually every resident, hearing or Deaf, knew sign language. Merry Skiffe, 12, who is Deaf, is a suspect in the murder of another islander. After some dismal insights into the victim's cruel nature (especially his penchant for propositioning young girls), numerous false accusations, and more plot twists than a tiny island should have to bear, Merry is able to clear her name and return to her family. Translating the unique grammar of sign language into English text can be problematic, but it is handled well here. The use of tildes instead of quotation marks indicates conversations in sign language, with remarks made by hearing signers enclosed in quotes and tildes. Though this is distracting at first, by the time readers are a chapter into the story it seems a natural way to approach the issue. The book has some minor failings, such as Merry reminiscing about her school days, which interrupts her tense, exciting flight from the law. However, her anguish and fear are palpable, and Neufeld shows again his wonderful gift for creating sympathetic and utterly believable characters. He has once again proven himself an unflinching student of the human heart, and has illuminated a revealing aspect of American history. In Gaps in Stone Walls, he reminds readers that their ideas about "handicaps" are often as arbitrary and groundless as the claims of Merry's guilt.?Jennifer Fleming, Boston Public Library
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