27 August, 2014

Whisper By Chris Struyk-Bonn [Hannah, East Coast Bays Library]

"Whisper" by Chris Struyk-Bonn is the story of a 16 year old girl named Whisper with a deformity; a cleft palate. She is a "reject" and lives with other "rejects" who have been ostracised by society. Whisper and the other "rejects" may live in the forest away from their blood family, but they have become their own family.

The book follows Whisper's journey when she hears that her mother, who used to visit her only once a year on her birthday, has died. From this point, Whisper's life changes and she is taken away from her family in the forest to live with her blood family. Just when Whisper thinks society will never accept her, a stranger changes her life and gives her hope.

I enjoyed this book and the way it described a world that openly rejected people with physical "deformities". Whisper was a strong character who often surprised me with her decisions. The idea that family is not about blood but about love, support, and those who can be depended on was reinforced throughout the book.

Title: Whisper
Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
ISBN:9781459804753 and 1459804759
Published: 2014
Publisher: Victoria, British Columbia: Orca Book Publishers

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