Laroza’s New Book Shines with Clear Style of a Natural Storyteller

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‘Simon Says’ is Salinger without the confusion and stylistic obtuseness

A bright young kid is the main character of the novel Simon Says by Dawn Grace Laroza. He is, like all normal kids, interested in the physical changes he’s going through, Harry Potter, the other sex…but unlike normal kids, he was born deaf and is an adoptive child. Growing up, he has problems adjusting to his family (a normal one), family life, and school– an institution that does not favor the deaf but one that he is vastly interested in.

Simon, though, has a good head on his shoulders, and once he has compensated (quickly) for his disability and adjusted to the routines of a normal childhood, he discovers a talent that is helped by the sharp focus of a deaf person: he can write. And, he discovers, as does his Dad, that he can do it well. The parents, knowing their son’s sensitive temper where learning is concerned, let him discover things for himself. Thus, Simon’s adventure takes on a specific meaning and a purpose – not what most normal kids have: it makes Simon an extraordinary child.

Precocious and imaginative, Simon soon begins to find uses for his deafness. The reader, now halfway through the book, will have found that the author has a perfect ear for the language of young people – Simon comes through as a more sympathetic Holden Caulfield and it is entirely believable. Laroza is a keen student of life and does not have the humongous ego that muffled the voice of Salinger. The word the reader thinks of when thinking of Simon’s story is “limpid,” followed by the realization that Laroza is a storyteller one will remember.

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Simon Says * by Dawn Grace Laroza
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 139 pages; 978-1-4653-4514-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 139 pages; 978-1-4653-4515-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-4516-5

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