Tina Jordan
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Wroblewski
publisher
Ecco Press
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

Young Edgar, born mute, lives with his parents on a remote Wisconsin farm, where they raise a rare breed of dog, and has an unusual rapport with a dog named Almondine (who hears baby Edgar wailing even though he makes no sound). Shortly after Edgar’s uncle arrives, his father dies suspiciously, leading to the boy’s hasty flight from home, three dogs in tow. What follows in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a harrowing quest for survival in the woods, one in which no words are spoken — and none needed. Don’t let the book’s massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. A

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