It’s Not Raining on Ella’s Parade


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It is hard enough being a teenager, but when you are a teenager with a secret and a physical problem that you try to hide, life can become complicated and your peers can be mean when you try to adjust to what is considered to be “normal” when you are different. Her issues are relevant, universal, and full of reality, fighting issues of yesterday, today and for tomorrow. She is a positive role model.

Ella Rose Abbott is Happy With Her 4 and 5 Star Reviews!
By Olga Verro
Format:Kindle Edition
Olga Gladky Verro, Editor of “Voices From The Past” by Orest M. Gladky recommends the book “Broken Voices” for reading to teenage girls. “Broken Voices” is a book that was needed to be written. As a former high school teacher I would have recommended this book to the school and town/city library. The author writes in a style that high school girls would understand and communicates to them the feelings of a handicapped girl with speech difficulty. It promotes in the reader understanding that could help them to accept and help the handicapped students to feel accepted as a friend.

By Dragica Lord
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know first hand how it is to feel the way Ella did. I adore Author Winona Rasheed, how she wrote Ella’s character. I felt as though I was right there with her and I could feel the emotion that was pouring out from this young girls heart.
I am glad that Mrs. Rasheed showed in her book how cruel people can be towards people with a disability and that if you have a disability don’t be afraid to stand up and let your voice be heard.

Author Winona Rasheed is a deep-hearted writer who puts her mind to think about her readers first, she writes what they want to read, see and hear.

Great job and congratulations on “Broken Voices!

By Amazon Customer
Broken Voices is an excellent book that takes a look at how children treat and interact with people who are different. It also looks at how children with disabilities feel about and deal with their handicap. This book provides a voice in literature that has not been heard. The reader can identify with Ella, as we all have felt out of place in high school.

Lena Belle – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Broken Voices (Kindle Edition)
Broken Voices, by Winona Rasheed

Broken Voices follows Ella, a young deaf girl, on her first day at a new high-school. Surrounded by unfamiliar faces, Ella will face her fears of what people will think of her and how she will be treated by her piers. She decides she must attempt to keep her impaired hearing a secret so she can make it through her first day.

This book is compelling and thought-provoking. The story accurately and realistically describes many situations that might confront a deaf person. One of the main points of this book is that we should be ourselves, even if it is sometimes difficult.

This book is well written and the author handles the different methods of communication gracefully and convincingly. I would recommend this book to those with disabilities and anybody who has compassion for those who have different challenges.

kris harpster (KEENE, NH, US) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Broken Voices (Paperback)
Ella Rose Abbot begins her first day of high school full of self-doubt and then triumphs over the day. Ella, a deaf girl, signs, writes, and speaks with “a broken voice,” as it turns out, very beautifully. “Broken Voices” is a celebration of differences and acceptance. It is a story that will lift you up and make you feel better about the world.

Reviewed by:
Zulmara Cline

In Broken Voices by Winona Rasheed, the author recounts the story of Ella, a deaf girl, going to high school for the first time. The story covers the first day of school and how Ella has chosen to handle her deafness. For the beginning part of the day, Ella has decided to not tell anyone she is deaf and see what happens. When that does not work very well, she makes a decision to just let her classmates know she is deaf.

Throughout the story, the reader is very aware of Ella’s internal struggle as she tries to decide the best course of action. She is torn between wanting to appear normal in her new school and knowing that she is different. However, she is also keenly aware of not wanting to be seen as “deficient” or “lesser than” because she is deaf. She finds that keeping deafness a secret is almost impossible in high school, where she is called on to answer questions and interact in small groups. When her secret gets out, the reactions from the other students are, at times, predictable, and at other times, it is not.

Rasheed handles the issues of being deaf or different and in a new school with grace and sensitivity. The issues and concerns faced by students are many and students have to make decisions that are not always easy. The internal conflict that arises is real and oftentimes not discussed. The story offers a nice entre for teachers to have a discussion about how to handle those who are different, have a handicap, and what that means. Rasheed offers a number of ways for the teachers and adults to help students with these types of transitions. Overall, this is a great read handling a universal issue.

1. In the story, the main character is deaf and feels she has to keep her “handicap” a secret. Should those who are deaf keep their deafness a “secret?”
2. How would you handle the first day of school if you were “different” in some way? Would you tell everyone right away? Or let the other students discover it?
3. In the story, Ella has some good teachers and some not so good teachers, what are the characteristics of a good teacher for the deaf?
4. One of the characters in the book knows sign language because her brother is deaf, but she keeps it a secret. Do you think she is ashamed of her brother?
5. Do you know someone with a handicap? How does it impact their ability to get along with others?

Ella read his lips and mouthed the words, “thank-you” in silence. He was the only familiar face in English class and seeing Marcus, the Good Samaritan, made her feel a little more at ease as she turned to face the teacher.


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