The Color of Silence

Category: Book
By (author): Shaw, Liane
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General (see also headings under Family)
Audience: young adult
Awards: The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens (Young Adult Fiction) (2013) Commended
Publisher: Second Story Press
Published: March 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*Alex is seventeen years old and she feels her life has come to an end. After being involved in an accident that killed her best friend, she doesn't see why anyone would want her around and she refuses to talk. Ordered by a judge to do community service, she must spend time at a hospital with a girl named Joanie, who has minimal control of her body and no speech.

Never having known another way of being, Joanie has an extraordinary internal life. She has been listening and watching as the world goes on around her, but Joanie is so full of words, thoughts and images that if she could ever figure out a way to let them loose, they would come swirling out in a torrent of syllables. She would fill every room with the colors of her dreams until the whole world became a rainbow of her making. Brought together by accident, Alex and Joanie have experienced the helplessness of silence. Their growing connection may lead them both to find the power of their voices. 

From The Publisher*Two girls, both without a voice. One refuses to speak, the other is trapped in a body that won't let her.
From The Publisher*At seventeen, Alex feels as if her life is over. She will never recover from the trauma of the car accident that took the life of her best friend, Cali. All joy left when Cali died, including their shared love of singing. Why even bother speaking? Alex blames herself for the accident, and no one would want to hear what she has to say anyway. Ordered by a judge to do community service, she must spend time at a hospital with a girl named Joanie, who has minimal control of her body and no speech.

Never having known another way of being, Joanie has an extraordinary internal life. She has been listening and watching as the world goes on around her, but Joanie is so full of words, thoughts and images that if she could ever figure out a way to let them loose, they would come swirling out in a torrent of syllables. She would fill every room with the colors of her dreams until the whole world became a rainbow of her making. Brought together by accident, Alex and Joanie have experienced the helplessness of silence. Their growing connection may lead them both to find the power of their voices. 

Review Quote*The story starts slowly but builds to a strong emotional climax and gives readers a sense that Alex will recover from her trauma as her world slowly regains color.
Review Quote*Liane Shaw's poetic novel of grief and friendship examines the vast difference between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.
Review Quote*Told from alternating points of view, the book nicely balances the girls' perspectives by playing with their perceptions of reality, such as their initial reactions to one another and to hospital staff, showing that much of what they experience actually arises from their sense of self.... Shaw's attention to detail in describing Joanie's heightened awareness of her body and surroundings makes this an excellent resource for educators looking for a book focusing on a character with special needs.
Review Quote*(J)ust as she did in Fostergirls (Second Story Press, 2011)... Liane Shaw demonstrates that perspective is everything and nothing is the same for everyone.
Review Quote*With no words between them, they build a friendship and connection that resonates and lets them express themselves louder than talking. The Color of Silence is a strong pick for youth novel collections, highly recommended.
Review Quote*Sensitively written with amazing insight into the mind of a person with multiple challenges, as well as a teen who is suffering from trauma and guilt, this book will keep the reader enthralled until the very end.
Review Quote*The story is a moving one and deals with many issues such as overcoming trauma and grief. Readers will not only sympathize with the characters, but will come to understand their personal conflicts on an emotional level. The character of Joanie is an especially interesting one as Shaw provides great insight into what it may be like to have a disability that is physically restrictive.