The Silent Boy by Lois LowryThe Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

The Silent Boy

byLois Lowry

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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"Emotionally devastating and infinitely haunting."&nbsp- Horn Book

Katy Thatcher is the bright daughter of the town doctor. She is fascinated by her father's work and wants to be a doctor too. Perhaps it is her insatiable curiosity, or simply the charm of Jacob's gentleness with animals, that fuels their friendship. Although Jacob never speaks to her or even looks at her directly, Katy grows to understand him. She perceives meaning in the sounds he makes and purpose behind his movements. So when events take an unexpected and tragic turn, Katy alone can unravel the mystery of what has occurred, and why. This edition showcases an all new cover!
Lois Lowry is one of the most decorated authors for young readers. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal for both Number the Stars and The Giver . Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine.
Title:The Silent BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.6 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544935225

ISBN - 13:9780544935228


Rated 4 out of 5 by from More to this story than you think. Well Written. Lois Lowry writes in such a kind, authentic way that easily draws you into other times and places. I imagine Jacob, the silent boy was autistic by the description and it reminded me how fortunate we are to have awareness around so many things now that were once mysterious and misunderstood. Strong story and authentic voice in Katy, the 8 year old narrator.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deceptively Simple Story This is a fictional memoir of an elderly woman who tells the story of her Pre World War I childhood and in particular her relationship with a boy who was "touched". We are never told what was wrong with the boy (I think in a effort to not apply modern day labels) but from the symptoms I came to believe he was autistic. This is a deceptively simple story. It is a sweet, quaint, nostalgic look at a time when telephones and cars were very new. Every chapter is illustrated with a photograph of the period which adds to the nostalgia. Slowly, as events unfold we become aware that something is not right and the ending is terribly tragic. In fact, we are warned on the opening page that this is a sad story, yet that warning slipped away from me as I was immersed in the simple lives of the characters. This is a book that you stagger away from and makes you think how something so awfully sad and tragic could happen. This book was filed in the children's section of my library, and it is a short, easy read but I think the full force of the story would be much more appreciated by a YA.
Date published: 2007-11-25

Editorial Reviews

The author balances humor and generosity with the obstacles and injustice of Katy's world to depict a complete picture of the turn of the century." Publishers Weekly, Starred "Lowry's latest achievement delivers complexity disguised as simplicity-providing depth through her child-narrator's eyes." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) "Emotionally devastating and infinitely haunting." Horn Book "Not since Autumn Street has Lowry written a novel that injects childhood experience so deeply with adult tone." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Lowry excels in developing strong and unique characters." School Library Journal "Well-crafted and narrated by a perceptive, large-hearted child." Kirkus Reviews"