By: Amy Ackley
Released: August 18, 2011
Source: ARC from author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore." (Summary from goodreads.com)
Amy Ackley's Sign Language is the story of Abby whose father has cancer. Abby wasn't aware that anything was seriously wrong with her father except that it was taking him some time to recover from surgery. Abby's life begins to drastically change as her father is home resting all the time and her mother is afraid to leave his side.
Sign Language is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about loss and life. Abby's biggest concern used to be how to get the attention of her crush but, her life changes when her father gets sick. It is evident from the beginning how much Abby loves and adores her father. As he begins to die, Abby handles it all in her own way. Abby is not only losing her father though, her mother won't leave the house or her father's side and cries all time. Then there is Abby's sweet and loyal best friend Spence who tries to help her along the way.