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The Whispers

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The Whispers by Greg Howard
Hardcover
Jan 15, 2019 | 256 Pages
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    Jan 15, 2019 | 256 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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Praise for The Whispers:

“This taut, moving tale delves beyond loss into issues of sexuality, conformity and self-acceptance…a masterful exploration into the power of storytelling but also its dangers, including self-denial and escapism.” —The New York Times Book Review

With sensitivity and skill, Howard handles themes of sexual identify, self-worth, loss and friendship.” —The Washington Post

“Howard’s personal story helps create a fictional narrative both realistic and relevant, while also calling on the fantastical magic of the imagination…. A tale of family, friendship and loss, filled with magic and heart.” —The Associated Press

A dreamy novel recalling Bridge to Terabithia.” —Entertainment Weekly

A heartbreaking, beguiling debut… This poignant journey through the badlands of grief is crammed with tenderness, wit and warmth.” —The Guardian

★ “This is a story of a boy coming to grips with heartbreak and trying to understand why he is the way he is, who must learn to discern what is real, and who discovers redemption.” —School Library Connection, starred review

A beautiful, heart-expanding journey into the wilds of grief and back out again. This gorgeous book will give readers’ hearts a hug that’s filled with hope and possibility.”—Donna Gephart, author of In Your Shoes and Lily and Dunkin

“A moving, thoughtful examination of trauma, grief, and the power of imagination.” Teen Librarian Toolbox

A beautiful, heartfelt book about love and loss and friendship. It feels real and true and resonant. Bravo, Greg Howard!” Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
 
The Whispers needs to be on every reading list of kids who loved Bridge to Terabithia and Counting by 7s.” —B&N Kids Blog

“A realistic tale of coming to terms and coming-of-age, of friendship and loss, with a touch of magic and humor.”—Kirkus

“We’re predicting this emotional story will be an award winner.” —Parents Magazine
 
A touching story of grief and healing.” —Booklist
 
“This touching, often wry novel offers a memorable psychological puzzle and explores grief and acceptance.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“[Riley’s] a thoroughly sympathetic [narrator], and it’s easy to root for his eventual understanding of the truth—and of his own blamelessness.” —Horn Book Magazine
 
“…an inspired and sensitive portrait of childhood traumatic grief.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Riley’s voice is so wise and funny and compelling that readers—especially but not exclusively young ones—will gladly follow him on the kind of harrowing, hilarious journey that shows us we can survive the heartbreak and the beauty the world has in store for us.” —Sam J. Miller, author of The Art of Starving and Blackfish City
 
A thrill ride to the soul. Gorgeously written, full of depth and wit.” —James Brandon, author of Ziggy, Stardust and Me

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