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The Other Side of Silence (1995)

by Margaret Mahy

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I can't remember the first time I heard the scream, but I know I did hear it from time to time as I scrambled from one tree to another in the forest around Squintum's House.
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In an attempt to distance herself from real life, Hero acts out fairy tale fantasies in the overgrown garden of a neighbouring mansion. Miss Credence, the owner, becomes a part of Hero's imaginings but soon, Hero realizes that her fantasy is taking her along an increasingly dark and sinister path.
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In her brilliant but argumentative family, Hero is different, because she doesn't speak. Instead, she prefers the silence and solitude she finds climbing the trees high above her neighbors stately old house. But everything changes when Hero starts to do odd jobs for the neighbor -- and discovers a shocking secret high up in the tower of the house. "Mahy is a writer who just keeps getting better with every book."-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review "Mahys exceptional imagination and storytelling prowess will make it difficult for readers to leave this book behind themhers is a tale with staying power."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review New Zealand author Margaret Mahy won the Carnegie Medal for The Changeover and The Haunting. Her most recent novel for Viking is Tingleberries, Tuckertubs, and Telephones.

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As a member of a gifted, idiosyncratic, and argumentative family, twelve-year-old Hero chooses mutism until she reconciles the true with the real in her life.

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