Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan

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Charley knows a lot about pain. She endures it when she walks on her newly shattered leg, she sees it when her father buries himself in an eighty-hour work week, and she runs from it when she sees photographs her mother took before her death. Then one day, Charley meets a wild, abused dog that knows as much about pain as she does, and, despite herself, she feels an immediate connection and vows to help him. But how will one heartbroken girl help mend the battered spirit of an untamable dog?


About Stephanie S. Tolan

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Stephanie S. Tolan is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel and New York Times bestseller Surviving the Applewhites. She has written more than twenty-five books for young readers, including the novel Listen!, which won the Christopher Award and the Henry Bergh ASPCA Award. She and her husband live in Charlotte, NC. You can visit her online at
Published April 24, 2012 by HarperCollins. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the hands of a less-talented author, the story of a half-wild dog and the heartbroken girl who tames him might have descended into saccharine sentimentality.

May 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Listen!


I found myself interested in what was going to happen next- and the taming of the dog seemed realistic enough, as realistic as you get, I assume, since Coyote had a very interesting temperment.

Oct 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Listen!

This is another stray dog story but a particularly sweet and lovely one, and thankfully, the dog doesn’t die at the end.

Feb 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Listen!

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