All He Knew

August 11, 2020|
All He Knew by Helen Frost
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A 2021 Scott O''Dell Award Winner

A novel in verse about a young deaf boy during World War II, the sister who loves him, and the conscientious objector who helps him. Inspired by true events.

Henry has been deaf from an early age-he is intelligent and aware of langauge, but by age six, he has decided it''s not safe to speak to strangers. When the time comes for him to start school, he is labeled "unteachable." Because his family has very little money, his parents and older sister, Molly, feel powerless to help him. Henry is sent to Riverview, a bleak institution where he is misunderstood, underestimated, and harshly treated.

Victor, a conscientious objector to World War II, is part of a Civilian Public Service program offered as an alternative to the draft. In 1942, he arrives at Riverview to serve as an attendant and quickly sees that Henry is far from unteachable-he is brave, clever, and sometimes mischievous. In Victor''s care, Henry begins to see how things can change for the better.

Heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful, Helen Frost''s All He Knew is inspired by true events and provides sharp insight into a little-known element of history.

Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including When My Sister Started Kissing, Salt, Hidden, Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha''s House, which was selected as an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Title:All He Knew
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9.34 X 6.29 X 0.93 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9.34 X 6.29 X 0.93 in
Published:August 11, 2020
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780374312992

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