2007 Christopher Award Winner
Learning to walk again is the easy part.
For twelve-year-old Charley, recovering from the accident that shattered her leg
is nowhere near as difficult as facing the solitude of a summer without her best
friend and with a father who does nothing, now, but work. Solitude means time to
think, time to hear for the first time the awful silence left in her world two
years ago by her mother's death.
But the summer holds a surprise for Charley, in the form of a mysterious dog who
appears in the woods across the lake from her home. In order to connect with
this wild spirit she names Coyote, Charley will have to do more than just walk.
She will have to follow Coyote into the heart of her memories: the woods her
mother loved so much. And she will have to learn to listen past the silence.
This unsentimental, unforgettable story comes straight from the heart of Newbery
Honor author Stephanie S. Tolan. As she describes Charley's difficult emotional
and physical journey, she weaves together themes of nature, family, and love
into a complex and powerful portrait of recovery.
Read the first chapter of Listen!