The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

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Katy Thatcher was the bright and curious daughter of the town doctor. She was fascinated by her father’s work, and even as a child she knew that she too wanted to be a doctor. She wanted to know about people. Perhaps it was this, her insatiable curiosity, or simply the charm of Jacob’s gentle intimacy with animals large and small, that fueled their friendship. Although Jacob never spoke to her or even looked at her directly, Katy grew to understand him from the moments they spent together quietly singing to the horses. She knew there was meaning in the sounds he made and purpose behind his movements. So when events took an unexpected and tragic turn, it was Katy alone who could unravel the mystery of what had occurred, and why.
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.

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
Published January 1, 2005 by Laurel Leaf. 193 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Jacob passes in and out of view as other events, from the arrival of a new baby in her household, to the planning of her ninth birthday party, not only absorb more of Katy's attention, but give her narrative an episodic structure;

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When Katy befriends the girls' brother, Jacob, whom townspeople dismiss as an ""imbecile,"" Katy discovers his sensitivity and skill with animals (""It was odd how Jacob never looked at me-his eyes were always to the side, or his face turned away, and he couldn't, or didn't, ever speak-but h...

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Nine-year-old Katy describes the unlikely friendship she develops with a "touched" farm boy.

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Meanwhile she describes her life as the privileged and precocious child of a loving family in the first decade of the 20th century, a life that includes much that she doesn't fully understand at the time.

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A young country girl named Peggy is hired to help out around the house and Katy meets Peggy's brother, Jacob.

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