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Grades K - 3Grades 3 - 4n/a3.8789
2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner


Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.

Except when he talks to animals…

Then he is fluent.

Follow the life of the man Time Magazine calls, "the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation"as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves. This real-life story with tender illustrations by Catia Chien explores truths not defined by the spoken word.


Hardcover, 32 pages
Published on May 6, 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 054787507X
ISBN-13: 9780547875071
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  • supergirl618
    supergirl618Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 3:32 pmFeatured
    This book is great. I totally recommend it for stutterers and other children with weaknesses that make them feel like outcasts. I am actually using the book for my book of the month response for october this year in my class. It has a powerful message and makes me feel as if no one is truly weak, but no one is truly powerful. Anyhow, this book is great for teachers that teach the 3rd grade, 4th grade, and the 5th grade. Thank You

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