Thursday, October 23, 2008

T4 by Ann LeZotte - NO

LeZotte, Ann Clare T4, 105 p. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Content: G


Exposed to German measles in the womb, Paula is born deaf and creates her own language to communicate with the world. Germany in 1939 is not a safe place for imperfect people, so Paula's family allow a priest to take her into hiding, to a place where a kind woman teaches Paula sigh language.

Too bad this book is one of those books pretending to be poetry. All it is, is a very sparse narrative broken up into pieces in chunks to look poetic. While Paula's story is interesting, this form does not allow the story enough depth to make it compelling and the poems themselves are not interesting or creative enough to make them worth studying.

Cindy, Library-Teacher

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