The Color of Silence by Liane Shaw

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Alex is seventeen years old, and she feels her life has come to an end. After being involved in an accident that killed her best friend, she doesn't see why anyone would want her around. Sentenced to community service, she is assigned to spend time with Joanie, a severely disabled girl who is trapped in a body she can't control and seemingly unable to communicate. Alex comes to believe that maybe Joanie can be reached, and that together they can find a way to connect with the world around them—Alex from her self-imposed exile, and Joanie for the first time.

Joanie has been listening and watching as the world goes on around her for all of her seventeen years. But she is so full of words and thoughts and images that if she ever could figure out a way to let them loose, they would come swirling out in a torrent of syllables. She would fill every room with the colors of her dreams until the whole world became a rainbow of her making. If only she could figure out a way…

About Liane Shaw

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Liane Shaw worked in the field of education for twenty-five years, often with students who faced academic, behavioral, physical or emotional challenges. She spent several years working in alternative educational settings, where the majority of students lived in foster care or group homes. Now retired, she lives on a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Ontario, where she spends her time writing, editing and looking after animals.
Published February 1, 2013 by Second Story Press. 172 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A traumatized teen heals with the help of a Very Special Disabled Girl who exists to teach her an Important Lesson.

Jan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Color of Silence

Gr 8 Up—Scarred by the trauma of a car accident that killed her best friend, Alex, 17, approaches her upcoming community-service assignment with a great deal of apprehension. She has barely spoken to anyone since the accident, still suffers with massive migraines, and can't get past the feeling t...

May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Color of Silence

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