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3.5 2
Kids Fiction 2743
Not Lowry's Best
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by bookworm9

"The Silent Boy" details a year in the life of 8-year-old Katy Thatcher, the precocious daughter of the town doctor in 1911. Katy becomes friends with the brother of her family's hired girl, a strange, silent boy named Jacob. Although Jacob never speaks or even looks at Katy, they share a bond. It is Katy who understands what Jacob was trying to do to help his family-- and action that everyone else perceives with horror.

This book mixes nostalgia with a rather disturbing story. Lowry did this beautifully in "Autumn Street," but "The Silent Boy" falls short. Although it is beautifully written, Katy never becomes a lovable character and too many seams are showing between her pastoral reflections and her disturbing observations.
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