Mary Lambert enjoys her life on Martha’s Vineyard. Her great-grandfather was the first English settler and she is proud of her lineage. On the island, many of the inhabitants are deaf and everyone can sign. As one of the deaf community members, Mary has never felt that she has never felt hindered by her deafness and doesn’t consider it a disability. But when a scientist comes to study the island community, Mary’s world is turned upside down. She learns from harsh experience that the outside world is very different from the world where she lives.
Show Me a Sign is an interesting look at a thriving deaf community in early 19th century America. Mary’s experience covers a wide range of issues including grief, family relationships, prejudice, and friendship. The story and setting are unique, but many of the themes are universal. A great, world-expanding read for young readers that provides great discussion material.