on February 2, 2003
A very touching and realistic story. It features a young boy named Matt who was born deaf and this family, the Braddocks, move into Stoneybrook. Putting Jessi as the main character in this Babysitter Club book is very interesting because the deaf cannot hear music and therefore, none of them had exactly went to watch a musical or a ballet concert. Jessi's a ballerina and she feels especially sympathetic towards the deaf in that very aspect.
This story touches on the sensitive areas of a deaf person's life, about being ridiculed by others, looked down and thought of as weird. However, the babysitters were intrigued by Sign Language and the other kids int he neighbourhood begin to slowly accept Matt and were fascinated with sign language.
We also find out more about the deaf in this book, we learn some sign language, we learn that it is crucial that the deaf are kept well away from busy roads as they cannot hear cars approaching. We also find out how some families are being inconsiderate in not bothering to take up sign language to communicate with their deaf family member and instead, expect him/her to lip-read instead. Lip reading is extremely difficult.
The story has a happy ending and reveals what Jessi does to make the children in the school for the deaf happy. A must-read.
on June 19, 2000
This book was great! Jessi gets the baby sitting job of watching a little deaf boy, Matt. She learns sign language (his "secret language) and gets to know him better. She even explains to the neighborhood kids that he's not weird, he's cool, because he's got his own language. Pretty soon , all the kids learn something in sign language, and he has plently of friends. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm sure anyone else would too. :]
on July 5, 1999
I REALLY THINNK THAT IT IS A GOOD BOOK .IT TELL ABOUT A AFRCAN -AMERICAN GIRL IN A CLUB THAT DOES NOTKNOW ONE THING ABOUT SIN LAUGASUSE AND STUDY IT AND TEACHTHCLUB HOW TO AND PUT ON A SHOW FOR THE DEAF , THAT GIVES AFRCAN AMERICAN A NAMETHAT SAY THAT WE ARE THE SAME ONLY DIFFENT SKIN TONESI think that it is great it is the best book I know even my grandma likes it too it is a must read !!!!!!!!!!!!!
on March 9, 2000
Although I felt this book lacked excitement, and seemed to drag on, it has a good message. It shows how people who are "different" are really just normal, everyday people. It shows you how people of different races are special and so are disabled people. Jessi breaks the communication barrier, and makes a new friend! I read this 10 years ago and I still remember it!