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Whisper is the debut novel of author and high school English teacher Chris Struyk-Bonn. She has created a dystopian society that abandons, isolates, and sometimes kills anyone born with a disability.

Whisper, the novel’s main character, is a young teen who was born with a cleft palate. She escaped drowning at birth and has learned to hold her breath ever since. She lives a quiet, fearful life in a forest with others who have been segregated and separated from family. Music plays a central role in the story, giving solace and hope. Throughout the novel Whisper asks questions about home and love.

A good read for adolescents, Whisper holds mystery, suspense, and possibility right to the end. Ages 12 and up. (Orca Books)

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