May 07, 2020PartyRaptor rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
When Jilly's sister is born deaf, she turns to her online friend Derek who is also Deaf. Through trial and error, Jilly learns a lot about white privilege (Derek and Jilly's favorite aunt are black), as well as Deaf culture. I enjoyed this book as it brings up the important issues of white privilege in a way that younger readers can understand. Jilly is white but her favorite aunt, Alicia, is black and so is her online friend Derek. There is one scene towards the middle (a Thanksgiving dinner) that illustrates microaggressions and shows how racism can come in many forms--even within your own family. Jilly learns to listen to others who are part of a group she does not belong to to understand them. There is not a lot of Deaf representation in children's literature, so I loved that it was such a prevalent theme in this book. Jilly and her parents are hearing and are a bit overwhelmed at the thought of raising a child who will have to communicate using a completely different language. Jilly makes a lot of mistakes, but she learns from them and uses what she learns to try and be a better person. I would recommend.