6 Young Adult Books that Feature Characters with Hearing Impairments

People often enjoy reading about characters to whom they can relate. The books listed below each feature a character with a hearing impairment. If you teach students who are deaf or have other hearing impairments, consider adding some of these young adult books to your classroom library.

1. "Hurt Go Happy" by Ginny Rorby
"Hurt Go Happy" is a realistic fiction about 13-year-old Joey Willis. Deaf since she was 6 years old, Joey's mother didn't let her learn sign language so she struggles to read lips. When Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari, things start to change. Secretly learning from Dr. Mansell and her furry friend, Joey begins to sign and is happier than she's ever been, but there may be trouble for Sukari.

2. "Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick
Ben's and Rose's stories take place 50 years apart. Ben's story is told in words, while Rose's story is told in pictures, and they intertwine in an unexpected way. Both characters have hearing impairments; Ben is deaf in one ear while Rose is deaf in both ears. Both children take independent trips to New York searching for something new.

3. "Portal Through the Pond" by David K. Anderson
"Portal Through the Pond" is a fantasy novel about 13-year-old Christy Walker. When Christy's grandmother passes away, she leaves information for Christy that reveals the secret that the pond in their year is really a portal to another world. Christy is asked to not share the secret with anyone, not even her best friend since first grade. Throughout these struggles, Christy is also learning sign language so she can communicate with Danny, the 9-year-old next door who she is forced to babysit all summer.

4. "My Haunting Love" by J.S. Wilsoncroft
A young adult paranormal romance, "My Haunting Love" is about 16-year-old Calista Rose. The young deaf girl senses something is strange in her new home and soon discovers she's right. She meets a ghost named John and begins to fall for him, but an evil lurks in her home as well.

5. "Five Flavors of Dumb" by Antony John
Piper may not be able to hear the music of the rock band Dumb, but she has one month to land them a paying gig, securing her spot as the band's manager. She doesn't want to work with Dumb, but she needs the money being manager would yield ever since her parents spent so much on her little sister's cochlear implant. As Piper's confidence grows, she may just find a place with the bad after all.

6. "Strong Deaf" by Lynn E. McElfresh
Jade feels left out as the only hearing member of her family. Her grandfather heads a school for the deaf, where her older sister, Marla attends. Neither sister is happy when they get stuck on the same summer softball team. Will they be able to look past their differences as sisters to get along as teammates?

From realistic fiction to fantasy, these books offer a little something for write my essay. Recommend some of these for students with hearing impairments who might be interested in reading about deaf characters or to your students in general to help foster understanding of individuals with hearing impairments.