Farrar Straus Giroux

August 2020

$17.99 USD

260p hb

ISBN: 978-0374312992

All He Knew

Helen Frost

from Macmillan...

Henry has been deaf from an early age—he is intelligent and aware of language, but by age six, he has decided it's not safe to speak to strangers. When the time comes for him to start school, he is labeled "unteachable." Because his family has very little money, his parents and older sister, Molly, feel powerless to help him. Henry is sent to Riverview, a bleak institution where he is misunderstood, underestimated, and harshly treated.

Victor, a conscientious objector to World War II, is part of a Civilian Public Service program offered as an alternative to the draft. In 1942, he arrives at Riverview to serve as an attendant and quickly sees that Henry is far from unteachable - he is brave, clever, and sometimes mischievous. In Victor's care, Henry begins to see how things can change for the better.

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