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I  need to write an essay on children's literature, and thought I'd do something about how characters communicate when normal speech is limited. I thought I'd use one book where there's a physical limitation or disability, then another about an alternate reason for not speaking, such as a conscious choice to remain mute.

I haven't read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, and had considered using that, but wonder if I should use something newer. Does anyone have suggestions for fiction I could look at on this topic?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!
#1 - October 18, 2013, 08:41 AM

I don't have an answer for you, but just wanted to say that SPEAK is truly beautiful.
#2 - October 18, 2013, 09:53 AM
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Sharon Draper's OUT OF MY MIND is about a girl with cerebral palsy who can't physically communicate, but whose emotional and intellectual capacities are fully developed and functional.
#3 - October 18, 2013, 10:24 AM

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STUCK IN NEUTRAL by Terry Trueman.
#4 - October 18, 2013, 11:20 AM
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ALL THE TRUTH THAT IS IN ME by Julie Berry. A girl who deals with both physical limitations and elective muteness. Totally worth a read for the gorgeous writing, in addition.
#5 - October 18, 2013, 11:40 AM

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MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X Stork is a wonderful book. It might be older than what you are looking for, tho.
#6 - October 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
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RULES is a great MG with a child communicating with a picture board.
#7 - October 18, 2013, 04:53 PM

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Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg is about a boy who won't talk and his friend who uses index cards to communicate with him.
#8 - October 19, 2013, 07:50 AM
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Brent Hartinger's GRAND & HUMBLE includes characters using sign language.
#9 - October 19, 2013, 07:37 PM
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Oh, also--Josh Berk's THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN. The main character lip-reads.
#10 - October 19, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Wow, what a great list. RULES and MARCELLO IN THE REAL WORLD are the only two I've read, so I appreciate all the suggestions. I've got a great reading list now!
Thanks, everyone.
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I second Rules and All the Truth That's in Me. The boy in Rules in particular has SUCH an attitude for such a limited way of communicating!
#12 - October 29, 2013, 05:55 PM

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