Then as now, good intentions would often go unrecognized, and could not save a person who had already been condemned in the eyes of the common man. It helps us to trust that when things are out of our control, although we may be and will remain changed, but we can still choose to love, and hope, and trust in right and good and God and peace and healing. Altogether I thought this book was very entertaining, as I believe that was its main purpose, and very real. This authors ability to move and change me never ceases to amaze me. He did not talk, but when engaged, made noises to imitate his surroundings.
It went from a flat line to a spike. It felt slow despite its length, but I realized by the end that it was deliberate and Lowry had actually supplied me with everything I needed to piece the story and the outcome together -- the pieces were just so well and subtly placed that I missed them, which to me indicates a job well done, especially with this kind of story. The time period makes the story understandable. I don't understand, I really don't. I unfortunately didn't feel so impressed about anything else though. It didn't turn out that way.
So begins her story about The Silent Boy. But at thirteen, when I read the war news, I thought only of the wounded and how if I were a doctor I could set their bones and heal their burns. Jacob's autism, Katy's curiosity and the dreams of the two sisters all come together in a wonderful conclusion. His name was Jacob Stoltz. I do also wish I could have become more attached to Jacob, but I found there wasn't enough of him throughout the novel to really cement any kind of connection with him. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of The Silent Boy.
Some may conservative adults may consider it too shocking for young children, but Lowry builds up to it in a rather logical way so it makes sense. She was of course curious of the boy, and had the chance to talk to him. He had great connections with animals. Just being present for them was enough. While I liked the story especially the ending , I found the novel a bit lacking in other areas: I was a little confused about the narrative voice and I wasn't as attached to the characters as I might've had liked though there were some pretty touching moments in this book, especially between Katy and her dad, and Katy and Jacob.
Jacob, the silent boy, tried his best to do what he thought needed to be done in a desperate situation, but life among humans can't always work the way it does with the animals on a farm. In October 1911, Jacob went missing one night. The sound he was making was the same sound of the grinding stone. I originally thought that The Silent Boy was a mid-grade novel. She was in second grade and was fairly popular in her school. Remember the scene where Katy and Peggy were at the farm, and Peggy told Katy the story of the little lamb the mother rejected and Jacob took the lamb to a new mother who accepted it? He always looks out for the animals and tries to take care of them.
She knew there was meaning in the sounds he made and purpose behind his movements. Katy gets glimpses into lifestyles very different from her own and makes a gentle friendship with boy a few years older than she is, Jacob, who is developmentally disabled. The subject is handled very well for the times in which the characters lived. Katy's mom had a child recently. I wish the ending had happened much earlier and we got to see more of the aftermath.
Since then, I've only read her other Newberry Award winner Number the Stars which I also enjoyed, but not with the fervor that I loved The Giver. I trust Lois Lowry with a story more than virtually anyone else; her books are perfect fusions of emotion and historical truth. It's not uncommon for me to send back a half dozen audiobooks that I've tried. The tale is told in the early part of the 20th century, a classic loss-of-innocence at an innovative time in history. For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768! I was not yet four when San Francisco toppled in an earthquake and burned. I try to analyze what I'm feeling, try to put it into words.
Even readers who aren't normally fans of historical fiction are sure to get something out of this book, and may find that it lights a spark of interest in the genre inside themselves, just as Lois Lowry's unique novels did so effectively for me when I was in my own very early years of reading. Jacob's story ends in a tragedy deftly foreshadowed. Plot: Katy Thatcher was six and was having her birthday party. She knew the reasoning behind him moving her. The new fangled automobile was rare and for the very rich.