Whisper is my first book.
It was published by Orca Publishing on April 1st of 2014.
Whisper was a reject, living in a world so polluted and damaged that many humans and animals alike were born with defects. She’d grown up in an outcast camp far from any village, and those who lived in the camp were like her: disfigured.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Whisper’s father came to take her back to the village where she was to fill her mother’s vacated spot and perform duties for the family. Her job was to cook, clean, wash the clothes, and maintain the family property. At night she was chained to the doghouse.
Whisper’s story is about trying to find a place in a world that doesn’t accept her. It is a story of rejection, pollution and social status. Whisper discovers that through perseverance, friends and determination, anyone can find a way to fit.
What reviewers are saying about Whisper:
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A thoughtful dystopian drama. (Fiction. 13-18)
Whisper will enthrall, horrify, and anger young readers, but it should also give them a sense that they can create their own destinies.
~School Library Journal
The book is kind of like its title character: quiet but luminous, with a sly beauty that sneaks up on you.
~ Joshua Bellin, author of Survival Colony Nine
The novel is at times very dark; characters experience both emotional and physical abuse, but the story overall has a tone of hopefulness and Whisper’s independence and resourcefulness ensure that she is never the object of pity. Whisper is a well-written novel with a compelling and likable cast of characters.Whisper is an engrossing read and is recommended for school and public libraries. Highly Recommended ~CM Magazine
This would be an excellent book to read in the classroom as part of discussion on inequality in the world and the rights of children. ~ J.'s Reviews on Goodreads
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