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Hurt Go Happy

Ginny Rorby

Starscape

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails.

Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign. Spending time with Charlie and Sukari, Joey has never been happier. She even starts making friends at school for the first time. But as Joey's world blooms with possibilities, Charlie's and Sukari's choices begin to narrow--until Sukari's very survival is in doubt.




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Chapter One

February 1991

Fort Bragg, California

The vibration of someone moving through the house woke Joey. She opened her eyes with a start, her heart racing. The room was pitch black, but it was getting light outside. She could see the dim outline of the deck beyond her sliding glass doors and the redwood tree that grew beside it. It's just Ray. Her heart slowed.

The blank face of her digital clock showed that the electricity was still out from the storm of five days before. Even Joey, who was nearly as deaf as a post, had heard the explosion of the transformer on
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"Readers will dive right into this affecting first novel….Believable characters, convincingly portrayed relationships, a deeply moving plot and a wealth of intimate details…combine to make this debut a real winner."--Starred review, Publishers Weekly on Dolphin Sky

"[A] distinctive voice and well-developed characterization, a beautifully-evoked setting, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion."--Kirkus Reviews on Dolphin Sky

"The characters are sensitively drawn….the issue of animal rights is provocatively and emotionally discussed."--School Library Journal on Dolphin Sky

"Readers will dive right into this affecting first novel….Believable characters, convincingly portrayed relationships, a deeply moving plot and a wealth of intimate details…combine to make this debut a real winner."--Starred review, Publishers Weekly on Dolphin Sky

"[A] distinctive voice and well-developed characterization, a beautifully-evoked setting, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion."--Kirkus Reviews on Dolphin Sky

"The characters are sensitively drawn….the issue of animal rights is provocatively and emotionally discussed."--School Library Journal on Dolphin Sky

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ginny Rorby

  • Ginny Rorby holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Miami and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her young adult novel, Dolphin Sky, was nominated for the Keystone Reading Award. Ginny Rorby is also co-director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, now in its 15th year. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.
  • Ginny Rorby
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Hurt Go Happy

Ginny Rorby

Kansas William Allen White Award, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, IRA Teachers' Choices, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, NYPLC Children's Books 100
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