Cheshire Moon

Cheshire Moon

Nancy Butts

A deaf girl struggles for self-acceptance in the hearing world.

Miranda’s dreams lead her to a mystery island in this story of a deaf girl’s struggle for self-acceptance in the hearing world.

Miranda is deaf and her closest friend, Timothy, has disappeared at sea. Without him communication is difficult, often embarrassing, sometimes impossible. Miranda is left alone, alienated, and unsure of herself. Thrown into the company of Boone, a neighbor who helps her aunt keep up the yard, Miranda struggles with her loyalty to Timothy and her desperate need for someone who accepts her on her own terms, as Timothy did. When she and Boone discover that they are having the same dreams about a mysterious island and an even more mysterious presence, Miranda must choose between the ideal world Timothy represented and the pain and confusion of the hearing world —opening herself to the risky, awkward relationships that it offers.


  • Ages: 10 -14
  • Grades: 5 - 9
  • Pages: 132

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Recent Reviews

Miranda’s feelings of isolation will speak loudly to all readers.

—School Library Journal

What will grab readers is the realistic story: the island setting, the local people, Boone and his troubled family — all are drawn with quiet immediacy.

—Booklist