The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

eBook - 2003
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Katy Thatcher was the bright and curious daughter of the town doctor. She was fascinated by her father's work, and even as a child she knew that she too wanted to be a doctor. She wanted to know about people. Perhaps it was this, her insatiable curiosity, or simply the charm of Jacob's gentle intimacy with animals large and small, that fueled their friendship. Although Jacob never spoke to her or even looked at her directly, Katy grew to understand him from the moments they spent together quietly singing to the horses. She knew there was meaning in the sounds he made and purpose behind his movements. So when events took an unexpected and tragic turn, it was Katy alone who could unravel the mystery of what had occurred, and why. A two-time recipient of the prestigious Newbery Medal, acclaimed author Lois Lowry presents a sensitive and moving story of a wide-eyed young girl growing up at the beginning of the twentieth century and the influence of the farm community around her. Through Katy's eyes, readers can see the human face so often hidden under modern psychological terminology and experience for themselves the haunting impact of her friendship with the silent boy.
"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
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
ISBN: 9780547344737
Characteristics: 1 online resource (192 pages)
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Jun 10, 2016

The simple writing style chosen for this book was very appropriate given that it was told from a young girl's perspective (with a long time elapsed between the actual events and the older woman retelling the story). It also made the book a nice quick and easy read. Characterization was excellent and the plot built slowly and logically (though not always obviously). I really felt immersed in the time period and enjoyed getting to know the characters.

Jun 18, 2013

this is really sad yet sweet!

May 10, 2013

I love everything by her.

Feb 19, 2013

I loved this book. It's slow, but good.

Jul 16, 2012

This book is perfectly sized and packs a huge message. Lowry's writing is so succinct, yet powerful. If you've read her other books, this won't disappoint.

May 11, 2012

The Silent Boy was extremely well written and easy to read. I suggest that this book would appeal to girls, starting as early as age 13, more than boys as it is about a doctor’s young daughter, Katy, and her aspirations to someday become a doctor like her father. The reader experiences how different life would have been for a family living in small town America vs. the difficulty families experienced irking out a living on a family farm. It is also about Katy’s life between ages 8-12 and how she is fascinated and driven to learn more about the younger brother of Peggy, a house maid who joins her family. The young man, Jacob, is described in the terms of that era as ‘touched.’ Today the term might be developmentally challenged. The era for the book was mainly 1908-1911 and a reader will experience a time so different than what life is like today in 2012. From that point of view, it is an educational experience for a perceptive young reader or an older adult venturing down memory lane. Senior Doctor-at-Bass. D. A.

This is a great book by Lois Lowry! It really encourages you to think deeply and develope friendships with the people in your life before it's too late! The end is really scary and sad but had a great lesson!!


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