Jilly‘s new sister was born deaf. Jilly‘s Aunt and friend are dealing with racism. This book does a great job of pointing out the pitfalls in the road to growth and empathy.
Great middle grade read about allyship. It frames complex ideas for young readers. Jilly‘s baby sister is Deaf, her aunt and cousins are Black, and her friend Derek is both. Through out the book she reflects on her own privilege and microaggressions. She‘s not perfect, but she continually strives to do better. Don‘t skip the author‘s note at the end.
Middle grade book. Jilly is a hearing girl who reaches out to a Deaf boy after finding out her baby sister is Deaf. Hearing privilege and some aspects of Deaf culture is addressed, but so is #blacklivesmatter (boy is Black, as is her aunt). Tries to be two books in one. Well written but touches the surface of issues; but it is a middle grade book after all.
Author is hearing but has/had Deaf grandparents.
Author Alex Gino has written another fresh, important middle grade book. This time, they are writing from a place of privilege: like Mx. Gino, the main character Jilly is white and hearing while many of the other characters are Deaf and/or Black. Jilly learns that well-intentioned mistakes can still be hurtful, and that she and her family still have microagressions. I really liked all the characters and relationships. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️