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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The Silent Boy: A must read!!!

The Silent Boy
Book Review

This very odd story of a young girl addresses stereotypes, difficulties disabled people have, and much more. The Silent Boy tells a story about a young girl, Katy, who one day encounters a very mysterious retarded boy. Her and her father ...
The Silent Boy
Book Review

This very odd story of a young girl addresses stereotypes, difficulties disabled people have, and much more. The Silent Boy tells a story about a young girl, Katy, who one day encounters a very mysterious retarded boy. Her and her father are going to pick up their new "hired girl" when Katy notices a faded figure of a boy in the window. Their hired girl, Peggy, explains to Katy that he is her retarded brother. Katy and her father encounter him many times in the future when traveling to the countryside to take care of various things. The boy, Jacob Stoltz, is very silent, and makes motions in a way to communicate that Katy begins understand just like she's family. He does very mysterious things such as slip away to odd places with no one watching. He barely speaks, has an extraordinary love for animals and appears to be very odd to Katy. Although she feels that this boy is very distant and strange, she feels some kind of connection to him. Katy understands Jacob's bravery in his actions. This touching story reveals the meaning in a distant connection and friendship. This book is very moving and interesting. It is a must read for people who love mysterious, well written novels that make one curious at every moment.

Reviewed By: Tano Anonymously

posted by DallasFabulously on March 16, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A sketchy book

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry was a good rainy day book. It kept me turning pages with its creepy, eerie, mysterious feel. I gave it three stars although the story line was good, it was a very forgettable book. The story starts when Katy Thatcher's family, the Thatcher...
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry was a good rainy day book. It kept me turning pages with its creepy, eerie, mysterious feel. I gave it three stars although the story line was good, it was a very forgettable book. The story starts when Katy Thatcher's family, the Thatcher, family gets a new hired girl. When this girl comes and starts working for the family things start to change and Katy notices the changes when her dad takes her out to the mill and the meet a boy named Jacob who does not talk. Then later in the book problems surface and Austin's family's hired girl leaves and Jacob is caught in the middle. Although the book had a decent plot line some of the details were confusing. Some of the detail even had no relation to the book. This is a book that will leave you wondering. This is a book that will keep you from being board. If you like Lois Lowry you should read this book, but I will warn you it is not like the Giver. Overall it is a very good book. I would read it again, but some and some of the detail might make since to me.

posted by pancakeonator on September 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    The silent boy

    It was an okay book it was a quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    The Silent Boy, by Lois Lowry

    Katy and Jacob were friends but Jacob could not talk. Katy was interested in her Dad's work. Jacob took care of farm animals. The friendship Katy made with Jacob was very special. Jacob could not talk, but Jacob could make sounds. When Jacob and Katy played they would sing to the animals. Katy could understand Jacob by the way he acted with the animals. One day Jacob made a big mistake. A baby was born and the mother did not want to take care of it. So Jacob took the baby to the barn because he thought the animals would take of the baby. Because the baby was cold and not fed so it died and Jacob was taken away. The setting of this book is from 1908 to 1911 in San Francisco. This book is about Katy's life experience with family, neighbors and the friendship with Jacob. I really did not like this story because it bored me. Maybe this would be a good story for a girl. I can relate to this book because I also have family member that is unable to talk. Because of the time I have spent with him I can understand what he is telling me sometimes by his hand movements. I cannot relate this to any other books I have read. This book can relate to many people around the world because we all have friends, neighbors and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    not such a great book...lacks imagination!

    Its not as great as the other Lois Lowry books. Mainly, its not very good because there is NO moral lesson! Its just about a retarded boy that cant speak, then sneaks his baby neice to whatever her name is's house!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Dissapointment for a Lowry book.

    I agree with the Kirkus review...this book lacks the focus of other Lowry books. This, to me, would classify as a girl's book, told from a young girl's point of view. It takes far too long to get to the true drama (last 20 pages) The writer does not give nearly enough detail to the title character. More so, she drones on about the narrator and other women in the story. I am a giant Lois Lowry fan. I'm glad this wasn't the first Lowry book I had read. I would probably have missed out on her other superb titles.

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