Hardie Grant Egmont. Australian, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $16.95
Reviewed by Barbara Brown
Demi is a normal teenage schoolgirl. She’s attractive, friendly and is struggling with schoolwork and family issues. But Demi’s circumstances have changed in the past two years and her and her friends and family have had to make a lot of adjustments. A lot of adjustments because of Demi.
At fourteen-and-a-half Demi contracts meningitis and ends up near death. She survives but she loses one sense. Her sense of sound. Her whole life has evolved around her hearing and talking and now everything is silent … totally silent.
After struggling for two years, Demi feels that no-one really understands her anymore and she ends up attending a school for the deaf. After one day Demi feels like she belongs. Everyone is open when they talk and they all know how she feels. And so Demi’s life starts to take an upward turn. Her grades are getting better, she has new friends and she also has the admiration of a hot looking guy from the hearing school next door. What could be worse?
Whisper is a wonderful tale that could be telling a story about racism and misunderstanding. Deaf people versus hearies. Speaking versus signing. Laughing with or laughing at. Couldn’t put it down!
The Reading Stack reviewed Chrissie Keighery’s outside IN in September 2009.