Thursday, March 29, 2012

6 Tween and Teen Novels About Characters Who Are Speechless

Stuck in NeutralStuck in Neutral
by Terry Trueman
Trapped inside his body by cerebral palsy, Shawn can't communicate even though he can understand everything that happens around him, including the fact that his father might be trying to kill him.
Silent to the BoneSilent to the Bone
by E.L. Konigsburg
After his baby half sister gets hurt and falls into a coma, Branwell stops speaking. Can his best friend Connor get him to break his silence and tell what he knows?
Secrets of the Cicada SummerSecrets of the Cicada Summer
by Andrea Beaty
Lily hasn't spoken since her brother Pete was killed two years ago, but a duplicitous newcomer might just break her silence.
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Something bad happened to Melinda at the end of summer where she called the cops and got all her friends in trouble, but she keeps it a secret to avoid being further ostracized. 
Just ListenJust Listen
by Sarah Dessen
Annabel and Sophie stopped being friends, but Annabel hasn't been able to talk about why until she meets Owen, a boy who is willing to listen.
The Loud Silence of Francine GreenThe Loud Silence of Francine Green
by Karen Cushman
Good girl Francine never speaks out against anything, but when she becomes friends with opinionated Sophie Bowman she sees the impact words can have.


  1. I want to read Stuck in Neutral and Silent to the Bone so bad! I need to read Speak again because I really can't remember it anymore... Great theme!

  2. Secrets of the Cicada Summer.. argh love it hehe..


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