The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Book - 2003
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Katy, the precocious ten-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a retarded boy.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Description: 178 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780618282319
Branch Call Number: j Lowr


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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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blue_jellyfish_93 Jul 06, 2013

blue_jellyfish_93 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jun 18, 2013

BreayannaHSevin thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

May 11, 2012

dixiedog thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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