Gift of the Gab by Morris Gleitzman
It's a normal week for Rowena Batts.
A car full of stewed apples. A police cell. A struggle to keep Dad off national TV.
Then her world turns upside down.
Rowena, a girl who can't speak, sets out to uncover the truth behind her mother's death, which may be connected to a big family secret her dad is too ashamed to admit ... until it ends up on the news.
Escaping to France alongside her dad to avoid media attention, Rowena embarks on a quest to find the person responsible.
This touching story is filled with humour and emotional depth as Rowena navigates a foreign language and culture, while finding her own voice and inner strength.