Silent Journey

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

1
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add kindle@netgalley.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 1 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2020
Red Chair Press, One Elm Books

Talking about this book? Use #SilentJourney #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

Scott Schroeder dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own. Following an accident that took his mother's life eight years before, doctors discovered Scott was suddenly deaf. Blessed with being an accomplished gymnast and skilled at signing and reading lips, Scott's biggest challenge is convincing others he is able to do all the same things as those in the hearing world. Picking up on conversations he observes along the way, Scott figures out a big family secret concerning his father and uncle and makes his mind up to play a part in their reconciliation.

Scott Schroeder dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own. Following an accident that took his mother's life eight years before, doctors discovered Scott was suddenly deaf...


A Note From the Publisher

Supports SEL:
-Self-esteem & Self-respect
-Friendship, Social Skills & School Life
Societal & Family issues
Features a main character who is Deaf

Supports SEL:
-Self-esteem & Self-respect
-Friendship, Social Skills & School Life
Societal & Family issues
Features a main character who is Deaf


Advance Praise

"Told from Scott's point-of-view, this book grabs the reader right away. The beginning scene shows some of the difficulties Scott faces being deaf. Scott uses sign language and lip-reading, and I liked the way descriptions of both were worked into the text. This adds a unique element to the story. This book has a lot going on and is hard to put down." --official review of OnlineBookClub.org.

"Told from Scott's point-of-view, this book grabs the reader right away. The beginning scene shows some of the difficulties Scott faces being deaf. Scott uses sign language and lip-reading, and I...


Marketing Plan

-National and Regional advertising and promotions

-Author signings

-Advance Access for booksellers

-Free downloadable Discussion Guide


-National and Regional advertising and promotions

-Author signings

-Advance Access for booksellers

-Free downloadable Discussion Guide



Available Editions

EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781947159303
PRICE US$16.99 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Send to Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 11 members


Featured Reviews

Brilliant read. Had me hooked for couple of nights. Great storyline and great characters. Just goes to show how exciting life can be if you are deaf . Well done

Was this review helpful?

A young boy, rendered deaf by a fiery accident, learns to deal with transitions in his life with the help of his uncle and a faithful dog-friend. I would call this a “gentle read”, perfect for younger middle -grade readers who are transitioning into chapter books.

**Thank you, Netgalley, for honoring my request for the this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.**

Was this review helpful?

This book had some unique moments in dealing with Scott's deafness, and it did a good job with character and relationship building. However, the overall story line was too predictable and some of the minor plot points either felt forced or unresolved.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Was this review helpful?

Silent Journey follows Scott, a hearing impaired adolescent, as he navigates his new rules and realities after being sent to live with his Grandmother. Along the way he befriends and adopts a dog and the two of them end up on an unexpected adventure in search of family and belonging. The story was an accessible read and comes from a good place with good intentions. Having said that, there were dated and cringe-worthy references to the protagonist's hearing impairment as "being handicapped". As a literacy educator who is always looking for novels with underrepresented protagonists, I was initially excited to read this, and am grateful to NetGalley for an ARC.. While Scott does have hearing loss, the story is less about his hearing loss and more about finding family. I do think that this is a good thing, but I was personally hoping for a little more representation of Deaf culture and its respective nuances to be woven throughout the story. Despite this, the story does have heart and is an engaging read.

Was this review helpful?

This was a really good book that I think middle school children would enjoy. But I hated the ending. Thank you Red Chair Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Was this review helpful?

This is my maiden voyage in NetGalley reviewing, and I am excited!

"Silent Journey" is a young adult novel about a 13 year-old boy who is hearing impaired. . Scot has been deaf since the fiery accident that killed his mother. "He didn't remember much, just flames, heat, shadows, and loneliness. But that was seven years ago when he was six. Since then, Scot had endured a world of silence.. The doctors told him there was nothing physically wrong with him...." (Page 5)

At the beginning of the novel, he and his dad drive from Fort Worth, Texas to Chelsey, Kansas. Before that, they have lived with an aunt, then his maternal grandparents and then a cousin. Scot feels alone and like an "outsider." The author does a wonderful job of describing Scot's feelings. I immediately liked him and rooted for him to be successful in finding his place in the world. My heart went out to him, and I wanted to give him the love he was seeking.

In Chelsey, Scot and his dad are moving in with his maternal grandmother, a woman with great presence who commanded everyone and everything in her household. Scot's dad referred to her as the "matriarch". Scot wasn't sure what that meant. He thought his dad said "May-tree-ark," and always called her The Ark.

Scot finds a fast friend in Chelsey, happily. A German shepherd dog named Runt was abandoned by his owner who moved to Alaska. The former owner was a truck driver, and Runt absolutely loves to ride in trucks. This will be problematic for Scot during the course of the book. Runt and Scot are everything to each other and find themselves in many adventures.

The book is chock full of adventure, including gymnastics competitions, moving to California, and flying in gliders. I loved the friendship between the boy and his dog. Spoiler Alert: the dog does die in the end. The plot resolves itself, and Scot changes and matures within the story. Illustrations depicting key events in the book add to the story. I recommend this for middle school boys.

Was this review helpful?

This book was an interesting perspective on being deaf. I found it fascinating to see how perceptive Scott was about what people were saying and thinking. As he unraveled the mystery of his family and his own past, it was interesting to see things becoming clearer to him. This would be good for children who find themselves in less-than-ideal circumstances, as it will help them to see that they are not alone.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.

Was this review helpful?

A coming of age YA novel about Scott who lost his hearing in the accident that claimed his mothers life. I found it a little slow to begin with but actually really enjoyed the story and the characters in the end.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: