THE SILENT BOY
New York : Houghton Mifflin,
IL 5-8, RL 6.9
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seen pictures--the black and white or sepia prints from long ago. Did you
ever wonder about the people in those photographs? Lois Lowry was captivated
by pictures she found in an antique store in New Hampshire which were taken
in the early 1900s. The Silent Boy weaves together those photographs of
someone's loved ones and her own family pictures to tell the story of a
"silent boy," a boy on the fringes of a rural community, a boy who touches
the heart of the storyteller, young Katy Thatcher. Katy's story becomes
entwined with Jacob, the silent boy, when Jacob's sister comes to her house
as "the hired girl." Katy sees Jacob around town, and while others scorn
him, Katy desires to understand him and befriend him. A terrible tragedy
shakes the community and changes Jacobís world forever. (Jean B. Bellavance
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)
People with mental disabilities -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Unmarried mothers -- Fiction.
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