Michael Thal is the author of two books that I have read and would recommend to the young crowd! If you are looking for meaningful, go for the tween read of Goodbye Tchaikovsky. For adventure and a book for the young middle grades, go with Koolura.
The Legend of Koolura:
Is about the metamorphosis of a pre-teen girl with extraordinary psychic powers overcoming a stalker bent on her destruction.
A violin virtuoso is plunged into a deaf world, necessitating him to adapt to a new culture and language in order to survive.
Goodbye Tchaikovsky: http://www.rfwp.com/series/books-on-deafness#book-goodbye-tchaikovsky
The Legend of Koolura: http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Koolura-Michael-Thal/dp/1470135337/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359337927&sr=8-1&keywords=the+Legend+of+Koolura