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Jessi's Secret Language: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #12) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) (edition 2022)

by Ann M. Martin (Author)

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Jessi recently moved to Stoneybrook and is one of the newest members of The Baby-sitters Club. She's getting ready to start regularly sitting for the BSC's newest charge, Matt Braddock. Matt has been Deaf since birth and uses sign language to communicate, so Jessi has to use it, too. It's a secret language! Soon all the neighborhood kids want to learn how to sign, which keeps the BSC busy. Jessi's the busiest of all -- she's preparing for her dance school's big show, plus working on another secret, just for Matt. Will Jessi be able to keep the secret and pull off her special event?… (more)
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Title:Jessi's Secret Language: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #12) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix)
Authors:Ann M. Martin (Author)
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  DestDest | Nov 8, 2022 |
It's nice to have a BSC book that concentrates almost entirely on one member! Even so, 30 (thirty!) other characters manage to make appearances throughout the book.

Jessi starts at a new ballet school and has a brief, mild conflict with a couple other dancers that doesn't amount to much. She also takes on a new babysitting job where she agrees to start learning ASL as one of the children, Matt, is deaf. But Jessi finds she needs to pay more attention to his sister, Haley, who is having some sibling issues with resentment and coping. Eventually, the two storylines come together for a feel-good night at the ballet.

It was all quite enjoyable, but I wondered a bit about the representation. Deaf reviewer Leigh Ann recently posted a very sharp critique of the original 1988 novel on Goodreads. In updating the story for this graphic novel over three decades later, some -- but not all -- of the problems Leigh Ann highlights seem to have been remedied or softened. ( )
  villemezbrown | Oct 20, 2022 |
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For Cary - A. M. M.
For Danya, Alice, Maddi, Harry, Ben, Brando, and Thomas. And to the lovely Erik, who helped carry me through the making of this book. - C. C.
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Hi, I'm Jessica Davis Ramsey, but you can call me Jessi.
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Graphic novel adaptation of the novel with the same title by Ann M. Martin. Please do not combine the novel and graphic novel.
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Jessi recently moved to Stoneybrook and is one of the newest members of The Baby-sitters Club. She's getting ready to start regularly sitting for the BSC's newest charge, Matt Braddock. Matt has been Deaf since birth and uses sign language to communicate, so Jessi has to use it, too. It's a secret language! Soon all the neighborhood kids want to learn how to sign, which keeps the BSC busy. Jessi's the busiest of all -- she's preparing for her dance school's big show, plus working on another secret, just for Matt. Will Jessi be able to keep the secret and pull off her special event?

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