Author: Cerra, Kerry O'Malley
After being diagnosed with progressive hearing loss, Rayne resists her parents' efforts to "fix" her and rethinks her own assumptions about what her condition means for her.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/22)
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Booklist - 09/01/2022 This is the ultimately empowering story of Rayne, 12, who, as she loses her hearing, is made by her parents, without her consent, to get cochlear implants because they believe it will “fix her.” Rayne, who's afraid the surgery won’t work, is terrified of getting it. She’s beginning to socially isolate herself from her friends and realizes she can’t understand her favorite singer’s lyrics. After she finds out her parents have already scheduled the surgery date, Rayne makes a desperate decision to run away in search of a doctor undertaking a stem cell research trial for children, even though she doesn’t qualify because she’s too old. Cerra, who has hearing loss herself, sensitively examines all sides of the complex issue of communication within the Deaf community. Her use of asterisks in place of dialogue that Rayne can’t hear is very effective. Characters are cued as white. This empathetic, appealing story highlights Rayne’s journey to self-acceptance while also exploring her complicated but loving family relationships, loyal friendships, and a little romance. Discussion questions wrap everything up. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.