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The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

The Silent Boy (edition 2003)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Silent Boy
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2003), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 192 pages
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The Silent Boy is what I would consider to be a masterpiece of creative writing by Lois Lowry. She used old photos from antique stores that didn't have a home to create this beautiful story. It opens as the narrator (an elderly women) telling a story of her younger years, and a time in which she was friends with a boy named Jacob who never spoke. Through writing she tells this story to her grandchildren so that it will not be forgotten. This is a great way to talk about the early 1900's and how children/people with disabilities were treated, but also talking about how even though some people may do things differently than us, they still have value. ( )
  AnnaBailey | Mar 30, 2017 |
Katy loves to accompany her doctor father on his rounds. On a trip to pick up their newly hired housegirl, Peggy, Katy spies Peggy's brother Jacob. Peggy says Jacob is "touched in the head." Katy develops and understanding and friendship with Jacob, who has an affinity for animals and imitates their sounds. Quiet but compelling, well-rounded characters. *SPOILER* In his innocence, Jacob believes he can save a human baby in the same way he saved a lamb whose mother refused it, but the baby dies.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Silent Boy is an amazing Book where the main character, Katy Thatcher a 7 year old girl talks about a young boy named Jacob Stolz. Jacob is what his sister calls "touched". He doesn't talk but sometimes mimics the sounds of animals that he loves. The story begins when Katy's father brings a young girl, Peggy Stolz to live with them. She befriends Katy and tells her about Jacob. But it was Katy's father who first introduced Katy to the "touched" boy. As Katy gets older, Jacob slowly gets more comfortable with her. He even gives Katy a kitten which she names Goldstein, after a young girl who had died in a building fire. Sadly, one night, Nellie ( Jacob and Peggy"s older sister) has a baby, but doesn't want it. Aware of the trouble, Jacob abducts the baby and takes it to Katy's home. After being found, Jacob is taken to an asylum. 50 years, later the asylum is closed down, but no documents are found on Jacob Stolz. It's as if he never existed.

I love the Silent Boy because it is a story that makes the reader sad that it had to end. Although I didn't like the ending because I didn't feel satisfied with it. Other than that I thought it was a terrific story of friendship and adventure. I was very sad about the ending. I wish it was happier, but this is probably what it was like in older times. I would recommend this book to any one. This is why I gave it four stars. ( )
  TessW.b1 | Jan 20, 2016 |
not as good as i would have hoped from lois lowry. it was just a little cheesy at times. but it is a young adult book.

anyway, it was a quick read, and not so bad. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
the silent boy is not as much about THE silent boy but a young girl named Katy. Katy's father is a doctor, and when Katy gets old enough, Katy want to be a doctor too. One day on the way to their town's/neighborhood's mill a boy named jacob is invited to join them to the mill. Katy has heard the boy to be refered to as "touched in the head" and throughout the story Jacob is refered to as the "touched boy". On the way to the mill Jacob made "shoooda, shoooda" noises, and Katy thought that was special. Moving on in the story a girl named Peggy comes to work and help out on the farm. Despite the age difference, Katy and Peg become good friends. Peggy tells Katy that Jacob doesnt talk.
MOOOOOOOOOOOOving on, One day Peggy takes Katy to her family's farm. At Peggy's Family's farm Jacob gives Katy a kitten. Katy names the cat Goldie in honor of a young girl that died in a burning building.
This book was kind of depressing. To be honest, I didnt really understand what happened in the end of the story, but once i finished the book i buried my head in my pillow and cried. I really liked the characters and their personalities, mostly. It was a pretty quick read and not one of those books that take forever to actually begin the story. I would suggest this book to people who like dramatic, slowish stories. ( )
  AnatoliaR.B1 | Jan 13, 2015 |
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Katy is a young girl exploring life through common, everyday events. Her zest is acknowledged through her dad's continued guidance and encouragement.

Katy, the precocious ten-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a mentally impaired boy.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440419808, Mass Market Paperback)

Precocious Katy Thatcher comes to realize what a gentle, silent boy did for his family. He meant to help, not harm. It didn’t turn out that way.

“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 20th century.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

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Katy, the precocious ten-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a retarded boy. 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.… (more)

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