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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 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 |
Katy is a curious little girl who loves to learn. Her dad is the small town doctor. Katy loves to watch her dad work and often helps him. She becomes very interested in a local boy who has a disability that keeps him from speaking. Lowry, the author, used a collection of pictures she found to write this book. Readers will become very connected to the heart touching story. This book probably would not be read in an elementary class. It would be a good book to focus on when talking about learning disabilities. ( )
  marabie | Oct 12, 2014 |
A great read that will leave you in tears. Although this novel may suit the tweens and older in context but it is a special book that deserves a visit. The story is told from Katy Thatcher as she recalls her childhood years. I assume that this moment in her life has had a profound effect on her considering that she is only focusing on four years of her life with the majority of the story happening at the age of 9 yrs old. During this year, her sister Mary is born. Also, a girl named Nell comes to live on the farm as a helper. Nell's brother, Jacob, is described as being "touched". In the story, Katy does not indicate what type of disability that Jacob suffers from. People throughout the story eludes from discussing his condition. For the most part, Jacob is nonverbal. He only communicates to humans using animal sounds. Katy is very fond of Jacob and views him as a good friend. Towards the end, Jacob disappears along with his sister's unwanted baby. After he is found by Katy and her father, Katy tries to vouch for him but her father and the cops were not convinced of her story. He gives Katy a kitten in which he tries to communicate his actions (sad moment). Sadly, Jacob is arrested and sent to an asylum. After several years, some of the patients were released from the institution, but Jacob was never heard of since the incident. It was as though they erased his existence.
The silent boy reveals, in a way, how society handled/viewed people with mental issues in the 20th century. It was as if they were shunned from society. This fact is disturbing to us because we have progressed in our understanding of people with disabilities, but back in later periods people were not considered human and therefore institutionalized. Very Disturbing. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Sep 15, 2014 |
Within The Silent Boy, Lois Lowry illustrates a terrible tragedy through the eyes of an 8 year old, which provides an interesting dimension to this already complex story. The book is set in the early 1900's from the point of view of a wealthy young girl. She befriends a gentle natured boy who appears to have an intellectual disability. Most of the town people see him as an imbecile, and unfortunately this boy is not provided with an education or very much guidance. After the boy accidentally commits a crime when trying to help his family the town will have to make a difficult ethical decision. This book does a wonderful job at exploring race, ability, gender, and class. This book addresses issues such as teen sex and unplanned pregnancy, which may make this book more suitable for tweens rather than middle-grade readers. ( )
  natalienichols | Mar 15, 2014 |
This topped four stars and may be rounded up to five in the near future. How does Lois Lowry write in such a calm easy manner, maintain such a relaxing hypnotic flow to the story and yet draw you in and make the characters come to life so well and elicit such strong and lingering emotions. The Giver series and Number The Stars made me feel the same way. I love this writing. Based on comments from a couple people I pay attention to I think The Willoughbys is next, and very soon. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
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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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