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ISBN13: 9780765353047
ISBN10: 0765353040
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Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though shes been deaf since the age of six, Joeys mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails.

Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign. Spending time with Charlie and Sukari, Joey has never been happier. She even starts making friends at school for the first time. But as Joeys world blooms with possibilities, Charlies and Sukaris choices begin to narrow—until Sukaris very survival is in doubt.

About the Author

Ginny Rorby holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Miami and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her young adult novel, Dolphin Sky, was nominated for the Keystone Reading Award. Ginny Rorby is also co-director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, now in its 15th year. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.

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justine.lely, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by justine.lely)
It's hard to imagine the numerous challenges of being deaf. When you are not able to hear, communication makes it all the more difficult. For a girl who by the age of seven became deaf, this would without a doubt be the hardest thing to cope with. In the novel Hurt Go Happy, the author Ginny Rorby documents the life-changing story of a fourteen-year-old girl named Joey Willis.

One of the prevalent conflicts she faces in the story is that her mother doesn't allow her to use sign language. Written in first person, Joey expresses the joy and freedom she feels when she meets a man who understands her deafness, and his chimpanzee who can use sign language. Throughout the years they bond together, but as Joey finally feels for the first time happier than ever before, the lives of her dearest friends are in doubt.

Hurt Go Happy is a compelling novel that allows readers to see into the perspective of a deaf girl. It is a story written for young adult readers, although it appeals to any kind of audience. Though there are several themes in this book, I think that it centers mainly on how determination can give us the strength to overcome the challenges we face. The beautiful story of Joey Willis and her journey to save her beloved companions is emotional, and will captivate your heart as well. Ginny Rorby's Hurt Go Happy is an unforgettable story of one girl's determination to save the life of a fellow creature- one who shares 98 percent of our DNA and has the ability to communicate with us.
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batty69, July 18, 2009 (view all comments by batty69)
Cute story but with strong social consciousness "bite".
A good intro to the subject and debate over subjects like "Deaf Culture" and animal rights.
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Rorby, Ginny
Starscape Books
Family - Parents
Animals - Apes & Monkeys
Situations / Special Needs
Social Issues - Special Needs
American sign language
General Juvenile Fiction
Human-animal relationships
Animals/Apes, Monkeys, etc.
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Special Needs
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
7.62x5.31x.74 in. .40 lbs.
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