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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
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“Has the potential to be a classic animal story with wide appeal….Rorby successfully gets to the core of a moving animal-human relationship; she conveys how sign language can liberate those unable to speak or hear.”—Starred review, KLIATT
 
“This unusual and emotional story will intrigue animal lovers and those looking for a gripping family drama. The characters are well crafted….The novel is beautifully written and believable.”—Voices of Youth Advocates

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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

Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, IRA Teachers' Choices, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Schneider Family Book Award, Book Sense Children's Pick, KLIATT Editor's Choice Best of the Year
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