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Hurt Go Happy

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 2,175 Ratings and 393 Reviews

Book Description
Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails.

Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey... More
Book Information
PublisherStarscape
BindingMass Market Paperback (15 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages272
ISBN-100765353040
ISBN-13978-0765353047
Publication Date07/31/2007
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About Ginny Rorby (Author) : Ginny Rorby is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Ginny Rorby include Hurt Go Happy, Dolphin Sky.
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7/19/2011 J.Aday Kennedy said:
I read Rorby’s novel as part of my goal to write a book worthy of one of the American Library Association awards, The Schnieder Family Book Award. I feel a kinship with the main character, Joey Willis, a deaf child. Joey is isolated from the rest of the world by her inability to hear. I can he... more

tags: Schneider Family Book Award. 2006, friendship, family relationships, disability, best book, animal rights, 1001 books you must read before you die, asl, animals, chimpanzees, deafness, deaf, sukari, sign language, young adult, ya, tear-jerker, newbery honor, realistic fiction, monkey, kid lit, joey, hurt go happy, girls, ginny rorby

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8/18/2009 Nancy Smith said:
Schneider Family Book Award 2008. Joey is a 13 year old girl who is deaf. The mystery as to how she became deaf is not revealed until the end of the book. This factor is driving the dysfunction between Joey and her mother. Joey wants to learn ASL and mom says "no!" Joey meets and elderly man w... more

tags: I recommend, Inspired me, I read, I'm reading

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