Books Diversity

I finished The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy, by Lois Lowry is a sweet tale.  I haven’t quite figured out what Lowry’s themes are about, but according to her website, they are about human connections. I’m not sure I agree.  But anyway, this is a delightful book. Not in a silly kind of way, like some of her others, but because the main character, Katy, has no prejudice and has an open, curious spirit.  While the title would lead you to believe that the story is a bout the boy, it isn’t really.  The silent boy, Jacob, seems to me to only be a peripheral character. The child does not speak, and because of that is called many awful names that Katy seeks to understand. 

I chose this book because I though it would address children with disabilities.  Jacob is eventually sent to an asylum where they care for mentally ill and possibly disabled people.  Of course, at that day and time they were probably conisdered to be the same. I was hoping for more insight into Jacob’s disability but I guess that would have been too difficult a topic for a children’s book.  Each chapter contains a vintage photo which helps the reader visualize the characters.  It is an interesting feature.

The Silent Boy is a fine book and an enjoyable read. I give it 3 paws!

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

1 reply on “I finished The Silent Boy”

That is interesting that it didn’t quite turn out to be the story it seemed to promise. Maybe the title is misleading. I don’t think I’ve read that much Lowry–I kind of remember Anastasia Krupnik, and one time when I was observing at the elem library the 3rd graders were reading Gooney Bird Greene (which was really funny). I guess I should get to know more!

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