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By Anonymous on 11-29-14
Autistic boy and tragedy
Would you listen to The Silent Boy again? Why?
Yes and probably will. It shows what a developmentally delayed boy had during that time, which was not much. It shows the humanity though, that shines from people with such disabilities. The boy is obviously autistic and the author did great job of capturing both the qualities of a child with autism and the mocking done by a town of people at his expense. Still....the boy is the one with the most humanity as is often the case with autistic people today.
What did you like best about this story?
The portrayal of Jacob as someone solitary but in tune enough to know Katy wanted kittens. To try to help his sister.
What I liked least though, was the end.
Which character – as performed by Karen Allen – was your favorite?
Katy....as the story is told from her viewpoint, it is hard not to like her the best and Jacob does not speak much so he does not really could.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A silent boy: Humanity misunderstood
Any additional comments?
I recommend this book.
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