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Stephanie S. Tolan: Listen!

Stephanie S. Tolan LISTEN! ISBN 0-06-057935-8. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2006. 197 pp. $15.99. Charley Morgan has faced much difficulty in her young life: the death of her mother, serious injury from an auto accident, and abandonment by her best friend. The wild dog that Charley finds near her home seems to have faced great adversity as well. When Charley decides to tame the dog and give it a home, the two begin a journey of rebuilding trust and restoring hope. In Listen!, Tolan departs from the lighthearted tone of her Newbery Honor book, Surviving the Applewhites, with its cast of quirky characters. Here, she focuses on the complexities and hard work of building and maintaining relationships in the midst of loss. The narrative includes lovely descriptions of the natural setting that is the backdrop of this tender story. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Beth Ann Fanning, Indiana, PA
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Author:Fanning, Beth Ann
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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