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Product description

How do you begin to tell your story when you can’t speak? A quirky and uplifting story about a mute boy rediscovering his voice, perfect for fans of Mark Haddon and David Almond.

Ethan lives on the canal with his mum and his books. He likes the canal. He can go to the pond and catch newts and minnows, and no one laughs at him because he doesn’t talk. He can’t remember when he stopped talking or why. He can barely even remember the sound of his own voice. This is just the way things are. And he likes them that way. Until he meets Polly, and his world turns upside down…

Product Details







Date published

July 1st, 2013

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.8; Middle years plus; 4.0 points

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  • 288 pages


UK edition


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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2014

    I was dying to know what happened to Ethan, but the ending was disappointing.

  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 18 February 2014

    A amazing book about a boy who has lost his voice. this book is sad and amazing