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The shock of icy water as a boat crashes onto rocks feels real; so does the castle high above him that is almost hidden in the mists. And what about the number 11 woven into all those dreams?
The papers Sam finds in the locked box in the attic may hold the answers - if only he could read them. But to Sam, words are like spiders flexing their thin legs as they move across the page. Words are impossible. It's wood that Sam understands, wood that he loves to shape and to build with.
Caroline, the new girl, who bursts into Sam's classroom one day and warns him that she's not there to stay, helps build a castle with him, and reads those papers. Together they set out to discover who Sam really is and where he belongs.
"This intimate story realistically examines friendship, family secrets and the struggles of a learning-disability child trying to make sense of the world." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"An engrossing examination of a profound theme in the deft hands of a discerning author." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"Handling difficult subjects with sensitivity is Mrs. Giff’s specialty. If she has tried to drive home a single point in all her stories, it is that ordinary people are special - and that children, most of all, need to feel that way." (Interview, The New York Times: In the Region)
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- Alaska reader
I started it thinking it would be a mystery but it's really a book of self-discovery. I'm a school librarian and I've ordered the print edition for my school after listening to this.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was very different from other mysteries I have read and kept me wanting to know more. I especially liked that it was a good, clean story and I liked the characters.
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