Deaf Characters in Fiction
Juvenile Miscellaneous
(Recent discoveries)
Notes on the deaf characters in red.

Reading Ages 9-12 



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Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf - The Smart Princess and Other Deaf Tales

THE SMART PRINCESS - a young princess who would one day be queen, and how she deals with her Aunt Belle, who refuses to learn sign language to communicate.
EARTH 2 - a group of deaf astronauts and hearing team mates end up on another planet.
MY LIFE CHANGED - a young girl teased for being deaf until goes to Newfoundland School for the Deaf.
MY TIGER - deaf girl with a vivid imagination.
BEST FRIENDS - shows all sizes or handicaps can work togehter and commnicate.

Deborah Abbott & Henry Kisor  -   One TV Blasting and Pig Outdoors  

     Conan describes life with his father who lost his hearing at the age of three.

Joan Aiken - Dangerous Games


      Additon to Joan Aiken's award-winning Wolves series. Dido Twite has been sailing the high seas, chasing after Lord Herodsfoot, who is scouring the globe for new and interesting games. Dido's search has taken her to Aratu, a mysterious spice island where foreigners seldom venture—maybe because of the deadly pearl snakes and sting monkeys there. . She soon makes friends among the Forest People and learns of a plot to overthrow the island's king, who lives—deaf and sickat his palace on the Cliffs of Death. Will Dido and her friends be able to reach him in time?

Jean F. Andrews  (Flying Fingers Series) The Ghost of Tomahawk Creek ~  The Flying Fingers Club ~ Hasta Luego, San Diego ~ Secret in the Dorm Attic 

      (Juvenile/Teen)  The Flying Fingers Club series. A deaf boy who takes up solveing mysteries with his sister and friends.     

(Read this entire series. Lots of deaf characterization, signing and emotions with the deaf and the hearing who surround him. Highly Recommended Good Job!)


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Jean Andrews -  Ed's Off-Day  (Jeff Andrews, Illustrator)

1976. (an instructional comic book)

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Ben M. Baglio  -   Doggy Dare

      (Animal Ark Pets, 12) Mandy and James meet deaf boy, whose mom won't let him go places. The kids decided to train a stray dog to be hearing dog.

Claire H. Blatchford  -   Nick's Mission ~ Nick's Secret

     (Lerner Mysteries) Mystery type series for kids. 12 year old deaf Nick deals with a summer of speech therapy, snorkeling, and a mystery of kidnapping and smuggling.

Nick's Secret: Nick befriends a mysterious girl who is training and protecting a pack of valuable sheepdogs on her own.


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Claire H. Blatchford  - Going With the Flow (First Person)

      When Mark changes schools in mid-year, he is angry, lonely, and embarrassed by his deafness, but he soon begins to adjust. 

Claire H. Blatchford  -  All Alone (Except for My Dog Friday)  

     A twelve-year-old girl who has lost her hearing, her friends, and a stray sheep dog she hoped could be her own, realized through the prompting of an inner voice that to be a friend, she must reach out to others.

Symara Nichola Bonner  - River of Hands: Deaf Heritage Stories

      For children ages 7 to 11, this landmark anthology, written and illustrated by young Deaf people, introduces kids to Deaf characters in a fun way. Within each story are quirky illustrations, how-to handsigns, vital lifestyle information and interesting history on devices for the Deaf.

All the authors and illustrators are winners of The Ladder Awards, a competition held for members of the Deaf community. The nine featured in this book were selected from across Canada -- from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

 

Christina Bridges  -  The Hero

      Matt, a hearing boy, and Jacob, a deaf boy, are best friends and do many things together, but when they witness a robbery it is Jacob's special ability to read lips that makes him the hero.

Nancy Butts Cheshire Moon

     A compelling semi-supernatural story of a deaf girl's adjustment to a hearing world which won't bend to her disability. 

Mary Blount Christian  - The Goosehill Gang and the May basket mystery 

      Pete decides that the family next door are "weirdos" because they never speak, but learns along with the other members of his gang that the family is not weird but handicapped.

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Christine Burk, Lora Riethmeier (Illustrator) - Prudence Parker And a Sign of Friendship

    Two seven-year-old girls find themselves smothered in sunshine, and knee deep in sand, during their family vacations. Prudence Parker is an imaginative and excitable seven-year-old, whose encounters with physically disabled children make way for valuable lessons in communication and empathy. Haley is deaf. Frustration turns to triumph when Prudence uses her limited knowledge of sign language as the segue for a new friendship with Haley. Flattered by Prudence's animated enthusiasm, Haley graciously uses a "follow the leader" type game to teach Prudence a new vocabulary.

Barbara Corcoran  -  A Dance to Still Music

      Takes place in 1931. Deafened by an illness, fourteen-year-old Margaret refuses to accept her condition and runs away in fear that her mother's remarriage may mean she'll be sent to a boarding school for the deaf.

Raewyn Caisley -  The Quiet World (Voyages.) 

      When he learns that his younger brother can't hear, David wants to experience what it is like to be deaf.


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Joy Cowley, Charles Robinson (Illustrator) - The Silent One

      A deaf-mute boy who has tamed a huge white turtle becomes the target of the superstitious people of his small village.


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Meindert DeJong - Journey to Peppermint Street

      Main character's uncle is deaf -mute

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Ellen Douglas  -  Deland Rosamond's Violin

      Includes a deaf character, Marcia Graham

Joyce Dunbar, Jane Ray (Illustrator) - Moonbird

     Written by a Deaf author, Orla is the deaf child of the kind and queen. The magical Moonbird teaches Orla how to speak with his hands and listen with his eyes.

Cheryl Ann. Goldfeder - The Girl Who Wouldn't Talk

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Frances O'Roark Dowell  -   Dovey Coe

      When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

Ruth Hallman  -  Breakaway

      Kate and her boyfriend Rob who has recently become deaf run away to Georgia where Rob can learn to live independently without interference from his mother.

Ron Hamilton, Peggy B. Deal (Illustrator) - Alan and the Baron

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Emily Hanlon  - The Swing

      An 11-year-old deaf girl and a 13-year-old boy with family problems seek refuge at a swing which has come to have a special meaning for each of them.

Lorraine Hunter Hare  - Make Room for the Hollyhocks/Where the Birds Don't Sing

      "Where the Birds Don't Sing" – At four years old Jonathan is left deaf after a measles epidemic. His mother is dead and his father Caleb, decided to set aside his own grief and dedicated his life to his only son. Takes place in the early 1900s.

Jo Harper -  Deaf Smith: : Scout, Spy, and Texas Hero

      (9 to Teen) A weekend camping trip continue to haunt members of an Austin, Texas scout troup when they return home. 

Lil Hess - Good Luck Dog

     A Tibetan terrier named Kah-Loo is dognapped, sold to a research laboratory, and adopted by an unsuitable owner, before finally finding a happy home with a deaf girl.

Karen Hirsch, Carl Egenberger (Illustrator) -     Becky 

       A deaf child lives with a hearing family while she attends school and enables them to become conscious of problems facing the deaf.

Candri Hodges -  When I Grow Up

    Jimmy, who is deaf, attends Career Day where he meets deaf adults with varied and interesting careers, who communicate using sign language. Includes diagrams illustrating signs for some of the words in the text.

Angela Elwell Hunt - Deadly Chase

     Colonial Captives Series - While continuing her voyage to America, Kimberly encounters not only a deaf girl who attempts to save a baby whale but also a Jewish boy who accepts Christ.

Edith Fisher Hunter, Bea Holmes (Illustrator) - Child of the Silent Night

     The story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind child to be taught to communicate with the outside world, some fifty years before Helen Keller.

Lucille R. Kraiman - Thanks A Lot
 
 
      Jordan is in a new school that doesn't use sign.

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Wendy Kupfer - Let's Hear It For Almigal  

      Meet Almigal, the happy, spunky little girl with a BIG personality who feels unlucky because she can’t hear everything she wants to hear. Almigal wants to hear every sound in the universe—from the robins singing outside her bedroom window to the soft music during ballet class and her friend’s teeny-tiny voice. Readers will rejoice with Almigal when a solution is found to her problem.

Nancy Smiler Levinson Annie's World

     Annie, who has been nearly deaf since she was seven, must leave her school and be mainstreamed into a public high school, an adjustment which she finds difficult but ultimately not impossible to handle.

Margo Lundell, Irene Trivas (Illustrator) - A Girl Named Helen Keller

     The Kellers are devastated to discover that their two-year-old girl is both blind and deaf after a severe illness. Determined to help her live like other children, the Kellers hire Anne Sullivan, a teacher from a school for the blind. (Hello Reader! Series)


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Lenore Look, Anne Wilsdork (Illustrator) - Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

     The story is about second grader Ruby Lu when she befriends her deaf cousin, Flying Duck. Ruby Lu believes that the great thing about Flying Duck and her family emigrating from China to live with her family is that life is exciting and new; yet, everything is different! The house is filled with new foods that seem strange. Also, Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby Lu doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language! Readers learn how she manages squeezing in all of the new responsibilities that come with a larger family into her schedule that is already packed with swimming lessons, the Plum Club and summer school.


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Jennifer Moore-Mallinos - I Am Deaf
Marta Fabrega (Illustrator)

(Live and Learn Books) Titles in the Live and Learn series take a child's point of view--especially the view of children who either suffer from some physical challenge or lack self-confidence in going about their everyday activities. This book describes challenges that hearing-impaired children face, and how one child overcomes them to live a normal, happy life. This attractively illustrated picture storybook series encourages kids to understand themselves and overcome problems that have troubled them. Following each story are four pages of suggested activities that relate to the book's theme. A final two-page section offers advice to parents. Live and Learn titles are available in both English and Spanish language editions. This is an English language title.


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Marlee Matlin - Deaf Child Crossing

        Despite the fact that Megan is deaf and Cindy can hear, the two girls become friends when Cindy moves into Megan's neighborhood, but when they go away to camp, their friendship is put to the test.


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Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney - Nobody's Perfect

     (Ages 9-12) Megan has spent forever planning her positively purple birthday sleepover. She's even made glittery purple invitations for every girl in her class. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis seems perfect: She's smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground. But no matter how hard Megan tries to be a friend to Alexis, the new girl is aloof or rude. At first, Megan thinks Alexis is shy. Then Megan starts to fear that Alexis is treating her differently because she's deaf. When the girls are forced to collaborate on a science fair project, Megan learns the truth -- and realizes that nobody's perfect.

Thank you Sharon P-W for sending us this title.


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Marlee Matlin w/ Doug Cooney - Leading Ladies

Megan's fourth-grade class is putting on their own original musical based on the book The Wizard of Oz, and Megan wants to be the star of the show and play Dorothy. Since she's deaf, she will sign the songs for her audition. However, a problem develops when Lizzie, her best friend from camp, transfers from her all-deaf school to Megan's class - and signs the same two songs that Megan was going to do! Luckily, Megan has some other ideas up her sleeve...

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Diana Maupin - Deaf Eagle and the Bank Robber

Gallaudet College.

A flying superhero who can do everything except hear captures a bank robber.

Teresa T: says this title is a comic book written about 20 years ago.

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Ann M. Martin  - Jessi's Secret Language

      (Baby-Sitters Club, No.16) - Jessi makes her mark on the BSC when she studies American Sign Language and learns how to communicate with the club's new client, a deaf boy.

Elisabeth MacIntyre  - Purple Mouse

       A handicapped girl learns that her struggle has made her a stronger & happier person.

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William Mayne - Gideon ahoy!

    Twelve-year-old Eva's chaotic but cheerful family life in a small English town changes when Gideon, her brain-damaged deaf older brother, gets a job opening bridges and locks for the local canalboat.

Lynn E. McElfresh  -  Can You Feel the Thunder 

      Seventh-grader Mic's older sister, Stephanie, is deaf and blind. Straightforward about the messy daily cost of Stephanie's disabilities, and McElfresh is pitch-perfect on the odious combination of forced sweetness and guilty politeness that people are prone to use with disabled people and their families



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Sarah Miller  -  Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she’d taken on a seemingly impossible job—teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But if anyone was a match for Helen Keller, it was the girl who’d been nicknamed Miss Spitfire.

Marissa Moss (Illustrator) - Amelia Lends a Hand

     Amelia has a deaf neighbor. She learns sign. This book also contains eight pages of perforated sign language cards.

Donna Jo Napoli -  Friends Everywhere

      (Aladdin Angelwings, No 1)  The Little Angel of Friendship needs to earn a few more feathers to get his flying wings.  He has to help a girl named Patricia make new friends. She is deaf and has moved to a new town.

Evangeline Nicholas - Selena Who speaks in silence

      – deafness and friendship.

John Neufeld - Gaps in Stone Walls

     Deaf twelve-year-old Merry Skiffe, who lives on Martha's Vineyard in the 1880s, runs away from home because she is suspected of having committed a murder.

Jean Davies Okimoto, Doug Keith (Illustrator) - Place for Grace
     With the help of a hearing-impaired man, a little dog finally manages to graduate from a training school for hearing dogs.

Deb Piper  - Jake's the Name, Sixth Grade's the Game ~ Those Sevy Blues 

      Here is a humorous, first-person account by a deaf boy mainstreamed into the sixth grade of a public school. He speaks of what it is like for him and of his perceptions of others' reactions to him.

Penny Pollock- Keeping It Secret 

      Mary Lou (nicknamed "Wisconsin") went to a new school, and nobody knew about her hearing aid. She hated almost everything about school, from the spelling bees to mean Jason. It was not until Field Day that she learned everyone knew about her hearing aid!

Patrick J. Quinn Matthew Pinkowski's Special Summer

      Matthew moves to Stillwater, MN where he meets some special friends. A deaf girl who is one of the main characters.

Patrick J. Quinn - Signs of Spring  

      Signs Of Spring features a deaf youngster as its main character and hero. Twelve year-old Eddie lives successfully with his deafness. Eddie moves from the big city to the remote forests of northern Minnesota. There he learns some hard lessons about the true meaning of home and gains first-hand knowledge of his Native American Ojibwe culture.

Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nikolas Kalkow  - Patrick Gets Hearing Aids

      (All Ages ) Patrick is a hearing impaired bunny. Yep, I said bunny. It's an adorable book.

Bill Richardson - After Hamelin

      Penelope is 101 years old, but she can remember the story like it happened yesterday. On the morning of her eleventh birthday, she wakes to discover she can no longer hear. It is on this same day that the Piper returns to Hamelin to spirit the children away in an evil act of revenge upon the townspeople. Spared because she is deaf to the Piper's bewitching tune, Penelope is left to grieve the loss of her friends and beloved sister Sophy until Cuthbert, the wise man of the village, reveals that Penelope possesses the unusual gift of deep dreaming.

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Enid Richemont - The Time Tree

    Takes place in London Joanna and Rachel meet a girl name Anne from another era. Anne is a deaf girl persecuted by the people in her time. Friendship/Time Travel

Mary Riskind  - Apple Is My Sign

      (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books) - A 10-year-old boy returns to his parents' apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.

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Veronica Robinson - David in Silence

     Published 1966 - deaf character


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Pete Seeger, Paul DuBois Jacobs, and R. Gregory Christie - The Deaf Musicians
     
     The main character Lee is a jazzman who plays piano. His bandleader lets him go when Lee loses his hearing. He attends a school for the deaf to learn sign language where he meets Max, who plays the saxophone. While discussing their musical interests, a bass player named Rose joins in and they soon make-up a band and begin performing for audiences in the subway.

This book was honored by the ALA for embodying "the artistic expression of the disability experience"

Brian Selznick   - Wonderstruck

[barnes/noble review] Two stories, set fifty years apart; interwoven. One told through pictures and the other told through words.

The first story is of Ben, a young boy in the 1977 who just lost his mother and sets out to look for his father. The second story follows Rose, a young girl from 1927's New Jersey who sets out to look for her idol, a movie star.

Both children's search take them to New York City. Both children - deaf - are struggling to find what they are looking for in a world where hearing is normal and sometimes taken for granted. In a sense, they end up mirroring each other's search and face similar hardships.

Susan Shreve  - The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn't Hear

      Eliza's friend Lucy can't hear, but wants to sing. Two friends, one of whom is deaf, help each other when tryouts are held for a seventh-grade production of "Annie."

Nancy Simpson Levene - Crocodile Meatloaf

      (The Alex Series) As she becomes friends with Rachel, a deaf girl who has joined her sixth grade class, Alex begins to feel that God has given her a mission to protect Rachel from the boy who is tormenting her.

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D. James Smith - Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me

    Paolo O'Neil has a large family which includes his Deaf cousin Billy, age nine, who becomes his best friend. ,


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Vian Smith - Martin Rides Moor

Doubleday ; 1962

Set on Dartmoor. Martin loses his hearing in an accident and retreats from life. However he comes to terms with his illness whilst looking after a Dartmoor pony.

Jody Sorenson  - The Secret Letters of Mama Cat

      During her first year in junior high, Meredith deals with several crises, including moving to Texas, the departure of her sister to a boarding school for the deaf, and the death of her grandmother.

Eleanor Spence The Nothing Place

      Takes place in Australia. Learning to accept his partial deafness is bad enough, but having to adjust to a new neighborhood and a bunch of do-good friends is almost too much for Glen.

Barbara Luetke-Stahlman  - Hannie

      A novel for children about Hannah, a hearing girl, and her two deaf sisters.

Richard Steel  - Touchdown

     (Take Ten Mystery) Football and deafness 

     Butch is deaf, and Ben is blind. But together they make up the eyes and ears of the whole town. One of their friends dies suddenly in the middle of an important football game, and Butch and Ben are sure it wasn't an accident.

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Jane Stemp - Secret Songs (Signature)

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Andrea Stenn Stryer, Bert Dodson (Illustrator) - Kami and the Yaks

      When a Sherpa family discovers that their yaks are missing, Kami, a spunky deaf child, sets off to find the wandering herd.

Theodore Taylor  - Tuck Triumphant

      Fourteen-year-old Helen, her blind dog Friar Tuck, and her family face some dramatic challenges when they discover that the Korean boy they have adopted is deaf.


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Myron Uhlberg , Colin Bootman (Illustrator)   Dad, Jackie, and Me

It is the summer of 1947 and a highly charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers—and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father.

Jean Ure  -   Muddy Four Paws (We Love Animals)

      When Clara and Jilly first see the suitcase in a ditch, they don't expect it to yelp. The noisemaker turns out to be Mud, an abandoned dog--and they really want to keep him. Deafness plays into this somehow… not sure how.

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Jean Ure - Cool Simon

   A school tale of two unlikely friends - a girl who wants to play football and a boy with hearing problems. Cool Simon had plenty of friends at his old school, but at Woodside Juniors only Sam Swales, the class nuisance, can be bothered to try to understand him.

Jan Wahl  - Jamie's Tiger

      (Tomie de Paola, Illustrator) After he is ill with German measles, Jamie learns to cope with his loss of hearing


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Augusta Waite  -  Two Boys Go Fishing

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Elizabeth Webster  - Johnnie Alone

     Originally published: in serial from, under the title Johnnie Dumbo, in My Weekly, 1982. The main character, Johnnie, is deaf. Johnnie is made deaf through abuse by his stepfather. When his fatherstep father is killed, Johnnie runs.

Margaret Windsor  - Pretty Saro 

      Sarah Jean seems to get along better with horses than with other kids, until the realization that she is hearing impaired brings her a hearing aid and friends.

Elizabeth Yates, Gloria Repp -  Hue and Cry (Light Line Ser) 

      Jared Austin, staunch member of the mutual protection society that defends his 1830s New Hampshire community against thieves, tries to temper justice with mercy when his deaf daughter Melody befriends a young Irish immigrant who has stolen a horse.

Elizabeth Yates, Gloria Repp Sound Friendships: The Story of Willa and Her Hearing Dog

      Sound Friendships is the story of Willa Macy, who lost her hearing when she was fourteen years old, and Honey, a golden retriever, who helped her to discover a new world of independence and security. It is also a story about Hearing Dogs--their background, training, special abilities, and the unique relationship they develop with their owners in working to surmount the barriers of a physical handicap.

Linda Yeatman -  Buttons: The Dog Who Was More Than a Friend

      After becoming separated from his human family, a mother and little boy who are both deaf, a puppy is trained as a hearing ear dog and is eventually reunited with his owners.

Jane Yolen  -  2041 : twelve stories about the future by top science fiction writers

      ( Science fiction) The story: Ear / Jane Yolen includes major deaf characters. Summary: Twelve fictional stories about school life, fads, inventions, and cultural activities in the future by such authors as Connie Willis, Peg Kerr, and Bruce Coville.

Joy Zelonky -  I Can't Always Hear You

       (Barbara Bejna with Shirlee Jensen, Illustrator) When Kim, a hearing-impaired girl, begins going to a regular school after having been in a special one, she finds that she isn't as different as she had feared because everyone she meets has individual differences, too.


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