Synopses & Reviews
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.
Praise for Hurt Go Happy
: “Has the potential to be a classic animal story with wide appeal….Rorby successfully gets to the core of a moving animal-human relationship; she conveys how sign language can liberate those unable to speak or hear.”—Starred review, KLIATT
“This unusual and emotional story will intrigue animal lovers and those looking for a gripping family drama. The characters are well crafted….The novel is beautifully written and believable.”—Voices of Youth Advocates
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.