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This paperback series (e.g., Sign of Foul Play, Bantam, 1998) features an exciting deaf protagonist, northern California surrounds, and unusual, addictive characters. Connor Westphal, reporter for Flat Skunk's newspaper, navigates her world by reading lips and speaking. When police accuse a deaf man of killing his wealthy preservationist mother, the man's brother asks Connor for help. The accused escapes; his brother, afraid of being followed, disappears; the victim's house suspiciously burns; and Connor, searching for a lost will and the real killer, visits a murky old silver mine. Entertaining action and a nifty heroine, with just a taste of frontier flavor; highly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Penny Warner has written over 50 books for parents and kids, featuring ideas on child development, parties, games, activities, and snacks. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in special education, and has taught child development, special education, and sign language, at local colleges.
She has appeared on several television talk shows as well as on national TV, presenting tips for parents and kids. She was featured on HGTV's Smart Solutions and The Later Today Show. In addition to Learn to Sign the Fun Way, she has written an award-winning mystery series featuring a deaf reporter in the California gold country, and an award-winning mystery for middle grade readers. She also writes a weekly newspaper column on family life and contributes to a number of websites, including DrSpock.com, FisherPrice.com, ToysRUs.com, OrientalTradingCompany.com and BalloonTime.com. She lives in Danville, California, with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.