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A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Based on the bestselling novel by Sara Barnard

 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

In Development

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. The condition’s name has always felt odd to her, because she certainly does not “select” when not to speak. In fact, she would give anything to be able to speak as easily and often as everyone around her can. Now in her first year of sixth form, there has never been a more crucial time for Steffi to prove to those around her that she can stand up for herself and be independent if she wants to make it to university someday.

Steffi’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible, but Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s Deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to help him acclimate. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk. As they find ways to communicate, Steffi discovers that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. But as she starts to overcome a lifelong challenge, she’ll soon confront questions about the nature of her own identity and the very essence of what it is to know another person.

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Writer: Jo Ho (Spirit Warriors)

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