Julia is d/Deaf, Indian-American, and most importantly, an Amazing artist. The fact that her primary medium is spray paint and graffiti murals is beside the point. Except when she gets kicked out of her School for the Deaf for covering up a slur of her best friend and is forced to go to public school.
Gardner does all the illustrations for Julia's art and hand signs, and let me just say that they are INCREDIBLE. Julia's tenacity and refusal to be ashamed of her differences are inspiring and a much needed voice in books - YA especially.