|Set me free|
Author: LeZotte, Ann Clare
Three years after being kidnapping from her home in Martha's Vineyard, fourteen-year-old Mary Lambert receives a letter from Nora O'Neal, a servant in the house where she was held, who tells her of an eight-year-old girl where she is now employed whom Nora believes to be a deaf-mute, but who is being treated as insane, and asks Mary to come and teach the nameless child; a little scared, but intrigued, and bored with domestic life, Mary agrees--only to find that there is more to the child's story, and that freeing her from a world of silence and imprisonment may be more dangerous than anyone anticipated.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 513072
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/21)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/11/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2021 Three years after the events of Show Me a Sign (2020), Mary is still recovering from her traumatic kidnapping and wondering what is next for her. When she receives a letter inquiring if she would be able to help a young deaf girl on the mainland, Mary decides she is up for the challenge of teaching sign language. Yet when Mary arrives, she discovers the girl is kept in chains and treated horribly by the staff in a household that has many secrets. In this story full of adventure and twists, LeZotte never shies away from addressing racism, ableism, or sexism. Despite its early-nineteenth-century setting, many of the book’s themes resonate today, as Mary fights for the rights of all people and offers hope to readers facing challenges. The author’s note at the end gives details on the research and factual portions of the story. A gripping tale of historical fiction. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 Gr 5 Up—In this sequel to Show Me a Sign (2020), the action finds Deaf protagonist Mary Lambert three years after the events of the previous volume. She is now 14 and much closer to adulthood in her early 19th-century world. Raised in a real community on Martha's Vineyard where historically a significant portion of the population was Deaf and using a precursor of ASL, Mary, who is white, has therefore lived a life somewhat protected from assumptions of the era about Deaf people. Yet she is aware that when she leaves her hometown, the world has a very different perception of her based on their inability to speak her language. Mary returns to the Boston area to act as a tutor to a young girl who is also unable to communicate and is believed to be Deaf. She finds her student to be, in reality, a prisoner. Ultimately, Mary determines that she must rescue the girl. Getting them both to safety requires help from others, but also her own courage and self-advocacy. Full of unique detail about the experience of interacting with the world as a Deaf person (the author is also Deaf), this historical novel will serve as a helpful window book for non-Deaf readers, but also a much-needed mirror book for those who are Deaf. Historical endnotes make clear how much research went into doing justice to the setting and the characters outside of the author's lived experience, including those characters who are members of the Wampanoag Nation. VERDICT An excellent addition to any children's or tween historical fiction collection, especially where Show Me a Sign has been popular.—Kristin Lee Anderson, Jackson County Lib. Svcs., OR - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.