Signs of Winning
by Scott Miller
A young person book by Scott Miller is the wonderful story of a young deaf girl and her passion for dogsled racing. Kaitlin has to battle other people's perception of deafness, while facing the normal challenges that beset an adolescent.
As if this were not enough, she feels she lost her father the day her mother died. Her determination to make a name for herself on the dogsled racing circuit runs headlong into opposition from a successful racer. Although occasionally misguided, she does not give up and in the process, she begins to win back her father. A great read which gives an insight into living with a disability.
Kaitlin is a typical teenager, craving for attention, for praise. She doesn't have friends because of her deafness. Being deaf doesn't bother her, but people thinking she's mentally deficient frustrates her.
"I'm what they call mainstreamed. I attend all regular classes. I even do sports after school. I'm just like every other student except I have an interpreter, Patti, to go with my notebooks and pencils."
Kaitlin yearns for the inner peace she believes she can only get in communing with nature and her dogs. She struggles to build up her self-esteem. Yet depression can strike without warning.
"My world was unraveling again. I could feel it spinning right under my feet and throwing pieces into space. I remember wishing it would just toss me aside too. That way I could be done with everything and everything could finally be done with me."
Throughout the novel Kaitlin is searching for her place in life. Her sometime uncontrolled anger at losing her mother to an accident, her anger at her father for appearing aloof gets the better of her.
"When you're over thirty, boredom is the only thing that can erupt spontaneously."
- Editions Solitude Press, February 2012
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