Jessi's learning a secret language for a very special child.
Jessi's Secret Language
|The Baby-Sitter's Club, # 16|
September 1988, Scholastic
Jessi babysits for new clients, The Braddocks, who have a 9-year-old daughter, Haley and a 7-year-old son, Matt, who is profoundly deaf. Jessi learns sign language and helps make Haley & Matt feel welcome in the neighborhood by showing the other kids about Matt's "secret language" and how much fun it is.
Jessi is having a hard time in her new ballet class. Being the new girl in class, she is given a hard time by two students, Hilary and Katie Beth. Jessi is is given the lead in the ballet school's production of "Coppelia." Later on, Hilary and Katie Beth become more nicer to Jessi.
Jessi also learns that Katie Beth's sister, Adele is deaf, but she and her family don't communicate sign language with her. After learning that Matt has never been to the theater, Jessi comes up with an idea to invite Matt's class to her opening night performance of "Coppelia." During the play, Haley narrates the story while Mrs. Braddock translates it.