She wouldn’t even look me in the eye
“I just don’t get it,” said Megan. “We were nice to the new girl. We were nice to Alexis. But she just walked away.”
“Was she rude?” her mom asked, opening a drawer to grab silverware for supper.
Megan shook her head. She couldn’t say Alexis was rude. But then again, she couldn’t say she wasn’t.
“It was just weird,” said Megan. “Maybe Matt is right- she doesn’t like us.” She hesitated slightly before continuing. Then she added, “Besides, I don’t think she likes deaf people, anyway.”
Lainee had been counting spoons but she stopped. “What makes you think she doesn’t like deaf people?” she asked.
“Because she talked to the other girls, but she wouldn’t talk to me,” said Megan. “She wouldn’t even look me in the eye.”
“Well…,” Lainee began, counting forks and knives she was ready to give Megan the advice she wanted. “I think…,” her mom continued – reaching into the cupboard to search for a serving bowl big enough for the mashed potatoes.
“What do you think?” Megan prompted.
“I think you were right before,” said Lainee. “I think this new girl is shy.”
“But why should she be shy?” asked Megan. “She’s practically perfect!”
“Nobody is perfect,” said Lainee.
“This girl is,” Megan insisted.
“Who?” said Matt, returning to the kitchen to show off his clean hands. “The new girl who’s so smart and pretty and good with the ball?”
“She doesn’t like me because I’m deaf,” said Megan.
“Don’t say that,” said Lainee. “I don’t like it when you say that.”
“But maybe it’s true,” said Megan.
Extract from the book Nobody’s perfect
by Marlee Matlin
All Rights Reserved.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2006.
Call number: J MAT
Extract contributed by Faizah Binte Mohd Salleh
Available at NLB
Title : Circle of three : enough friendship to go around?
by Brokamp, Elizabeth.
Call Number: J BRO
Title : The kind of friends we used to be
by Dowell, Frances O’Roark.
Call Number: J DOW
Title : Deaf child crossing
by Marlee Matlin
Call Number : J MAT
Should we look for resemblance between us and others before we build friendship?