You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!

Alex Gino

You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!
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You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!

Alex Gino

Jilly thinks she’s figured out how life works. But when her sister, Emma, is born deaf, she realises how much she still has to learn. The world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and hearing, differently from Emma, just as it will treat them both differently from their Black cousins. A big fantasy reader, Jilly makes a connection online with another fantasy fan, Derek, who is a Deaf, Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for help with Emma but doesn’t always know the best way or time to ask for it. As she and Derek meet in person, have some really fun conversations, and become friends, Jilly makes some mistakes… but comes to understand that it’s up to her, not Derek, to figure out how to do better next timeespecially when she wants to be there for Derek the most. Within a world where kids like Derek and Emma aren’t assured the same freedom or safety as kids like Jilly, Jilly is starting to learn all the things she doesn’t knowand by doing that, she’s also working to discover how to support her family and her friends.

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