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When no one listens, what’s the point of talking?

Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking.  But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.

As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.


WINNER – Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction, Gold Medal
STARRED SELECTION, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Fall 2013
NOMINEE, Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Awards, 2014
FINALIST, Forest of Reading, White Pine Award, 2014

“From the moment we first meet Kyle, a ward of the state, we care deeply about this abused and silent boy.  The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley is an unsentimental celebration of courage, kindness and hard-won hope.  Jan Andrews is at the top of her game.”
— Sarah Ellis, author of Odd Man Out

“…Silent Summer … is utterly gorgeous!  In a well-paced, beautifully spare prose, Andrews charts the journey of a boy faced with the most difficult task of his life: making friends with a darkly mysterious, frightened and unhappy stranger: himself.”
— Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

“[Silent Summer] teaches, it exposes, it shares, and it entertains.  It opens one’s eyes.  Isn’t that what every good story should do?” — CanLit for Little Canadians

“With his well-placed sarcasm and keen observations, Kyle is an authentic teen character that we immediately identify with.” — Canadian Children’s Book News

“Andrews has created a character with whom young readers will have empathy, with whom they will laugh and cry, and someone they will not soon forget.”
— Highly recommended, CM Magazine

You can find a Readers’ Guide for this novel here.

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