Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8Y5.136479
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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on April 28, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0618282319
ISBN-13: 9780618282319
3 Book Reviews
Add a Rating
  • ggggWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
    bruh i dunt like it
    • sunnyf
      sunnyfSunday, February 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm44 stars
      The Silent Boy tells the story of Jacob from Katherine’s point of view. The background of the story threw way back to 1908 to 1911 before World War 1. Jacob was a “touched” boy, which means he had problems on mental health and couldn’t talk. Katherine, extremely different from Jacob, was a doctor’s daughter who was only in second grade. I personally think this book is deep in its meaning but not within the use of words. Living in a distinct way, Jacob barely spoke and was trying to hide himself. Throughout the words, I could feel the growth of the friendship between Jacob and Katherine. Even though he never talked or looked at her, she understood Jacob through observing and feeling. I like this book, but I personally think the author wrote the story too exquisitely if Katherine was the speaker.
      • icecream2811
        icecream2811Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
        ive been thinking about using this book for my report