Serial story ‘Opal & the Secret Code’
Author Janie Lancaster has created a low-cost, educational project of historical significance for the deaf community (an underserved population) and deaf children who attend your school system with limited communication in sign language. Lancaster’s nine-installment serial is based on a true story with lesson plans, sign Language graphics, pictures and historical information.
“Deaf and hard of hearing children are isolated in their public schools, and often are the only students who use sign language or have no access to sign language at all,” said the Vermont Association for the Deaf in a statement.“Learning is severely limited when a student needs to watch an interpreter every day, and has no one to sign to or talk with.”
The serial story is historical fiction. It will be cherished and valued by the deaf community and add to their true-to-life history as well as promote compassion and understanding in classrooms.
The story is unique because it tells the story of a deaf girl, Opal Fleming, and how in the 1930s, learning American Sign Language opened up a whole new world for her. It shows how her new language made her feel equal to others and not left out in a dark, lonely world.
Opal’s resilient spirit enabled her to overcome so much in her lifetime. She became a well educated, dignified person loved by so many. For 20 years she was a teacher’s aide at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. She died in 2003.
Newspapers may consider sharing this story with readers during this, the 200th Bicentennial of the first American School for the Deaf.
The cost is based on circulation:
- 5,000 or less: $150
- 5,001 to 20,000: $250
- 20,001 to 300,000: $350
- 300,001 and above: $400
- Electronic Rights: Secure websites only
“Opal & The Secret Code” is based on Opal Fleming, who was born in 1931. She was taken to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf by her father after he had learned about the school from a young deaf man he had met on a train. Soon after her arrival at the deaf school, Pa was gone and she discovered that everyone there communicated with a secret code. Opal was determined to figure out that secret code and one day surprise them all ... and surprise them she did.
Opal was known as a storyteller in the North Carolina School for the Deaf, where she worked as a teacher’s aide for 20 years. The bonus story, “Moonlit Nights,” is based on one of Opal’s many stories.
There are 4,500 words, seven chapters and a bonus story, as well as pictures for each chapter.
Historical information, lesson plans and sign language graphics are also available.
To obtain the serial, or for more information, contact Janie Lancaster by email or phone (951) 972-0609.