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The Words in My Hands

The Words in My Hands

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Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong.


Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is the story of Piper: sixteen, smart, artistic, and rebellious, she's struggling to conform to what her mom wants--for her to be 'normal, ' to pass as hearing, and get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind--like survival.


Deaf since the age of three, Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate in a world that puts those who can hear above everyone else. But when she meets Marley, a whole new world opens up--one where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience and hope are created by taking action, building a community, and believing in something better.


Published to rave reviews as Future Girl in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sept. 2020), this unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings that bring Piper's journey vividly to life. Insightful, hopeful, and empowering, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.



Author: Asphyxia
Publisher: Annick Press
Published: 11/30/2021
Pages: 388
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.90lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781773215280
Age Range: 12-17
Award: Schneider Family Book Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 10/01/2021
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 94
Publishers Weekly 10/25/2021
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 60
Shelf Awareness 12/03/2021

About the Author

Asphyxia is an artist, writer, public speaker, avid art-journal creator and the author of the much-loved junior fiction Grimstones series in Australia. Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing details of Deaf experience. She raises awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course has had over 15,000 students. Asphyxia also loves to share her art-journaling processes, helping others benefit from its powers for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem (see Pinterest: Asphyxia1974). She lives on a small farm where she combines food-growing with art. All the Words That Matter combines all these passions. www.asphyxia.com.au

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