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A Handful of Spells

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In A Handful of Spells, the adventures of its hard of hearing protagonist as she attends a school of magic. The book incorporates many ideals of the signing Deaf community and is based on the author's own mainstreamed experience.

A Handful of Spells by Kimberley A. Shaw

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  • A Handful of Spells by Kimberley A. Shaw
Who wouldn't want to go to a 300-year-old school of magic, wave a wand, and learn to fly? But this girl falls off her broom, gets her spells wrong, and isn't sure her cat really is a familiar spirit. All because her ears don't work as well as everyone else's. But once Caitlin Leo finds her real community, everything changes. [Kimberley A. Shaw; (2014) 382 pages; soft cover]

About the Author

Kimberley Shaw of Roslindale MA is pleased to announce publication of her first novel, A Handful of Spells, by Savvy Press of Brooklyn, NY. The adventures of its hard-of-hearing protagonist are based on her own mainstreamed experience, and the book is dedicated to the memory of Richard Bettcher, former English teacher at CRHS, who was himself hard-of-hearing.

Her discovery of American Sign Language, which she did not begin learning until her late thirties, is central to the theme of A Handful of Spells, which incorporates many ideals of the signing Deaf community. Thanks to various adult-ed and immersion programs, Kim has ASL-interpreted various choral concerts, most recently for "A Besere Velt," a 90-voice Yiddish chorus, which is based in Boston, MA.

Despite having a "reverse-slope" hearing loss from birth, Kim is a lifelong musician, beginning in church choir at age 8. She currently plays trumpet for two Boston-area marching bands, and is a proud member of Bugles Across America. Books are similarly a lifelong passion, eventually leading to an MLS from Simmons College. She is an acquisitions & serials associate at Wellesley College, where German (her MHC undergrad major) is one of several languages she uses for tracking down sources to obtain needed materials. She is a 1988 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and first got acquainted with schooners while growing up in Camden, Maine, where she graduated CRHS in 1984.
Product Type Book
Language English
ISBN 9781939113283

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