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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Voiceless is a coming-of-age novel with a twist: it features a teen runaway who has no speaking voice. Nicknamed Ghost, runaway teen Annabel’s interaction with her world is limited to how well she can convey her wants and feelings to others, and how intuitive the other characters are in interpreting her expressions and gestures. Danger lurks in many places and she faces ha ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published March 2012 by Thistledown Press
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Kelly Lalonde
This is a heart-wrenching story told in beautiful prose and experienced through complex and intriguing characters. Classified as a Young Adult book, I believe Voiceless will deeply satisfy readers of all ages and both genders. As an adult, it will remind you of how tumultuous adolescence is, and show you the dark alleyways of the world that surrounds us. Too often we look away from the disturbing and harsh reality the street people of our cities endure because we feel so helpless to fix it. Ghos ...more
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's a young adult novel, but I enjoyed it as any novel I've read recently. The story was gripping, the writing was beautiful. I will pass this book on to my 11yo daughter, but recommend she wait a year or two before reading it.
Wonderful wonderful book.
Kevin Craig
This review from my review blog at http://www.trythisbookonforsize.blogs...

Voiceless is a gripping story. From the moment the reader is introduced to the non-talking narrator, and the group of foster children in her company, they will be drawn to discover what becomes of this band of misfits. There is, first and foremost, Annabel, our narrator. She is also known as Ghost, a name given to her by her beloved foster mother, Mary. The other children are a sorry cast of unwanteds that includes a hook
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"Voiceless" takes us into the life of a girl from whom everything is taken, even her voice, on her journey towards what we all seek and long for, a place where love can live, a safe place, a home. I appreciated the addition of the horses to the story, something so beautiful that no one who is sane would ever harm, and yet what is ugly in the world still tries to destroy. In the end both "Ghost" and some special horses find their sanctuary, in th
L.M. Justus
I read this book several months ago, and it's the kind of story that stays with you long afterwards. I loved it so much, I had to write a review for it! Ghost is a teenage girl who has led a tough life, and she is slipping through the cracks, unable to get the social assistance she needs. Her story is heart-wrenching and intriguing, and will appeal to readers of all ages. There are plenty of important messages within this book, and the writing itself is fantastic - every sentence is crafted to p ...more
I would give this book, Voiceless, 10 stars. It is a story that pulled on my heart strings. I thought that could have been my daughter or my granddaughters, but for the grace of God. Who knows how many Ghosts are out there needing a hand up and just a little love from someone. I hope there are many more Mary and Bobbys out there to find them.
Orla Hegarty
Gut wrenching.

The mediocre rating is due to the unimaginative ending.
Janet Ursel
Wissing writes beautifully, evoking a powerful sense of place. She is a master of the telling detail, making a setting click into place with one or two sure strokes. Her characters are also drawn with a sure hand, their different voices and personalities clear on the page.

If there is any quibble I have with this book, is that it is perhaps too realistic... Complete review here

But Ghost and her story are bound to live in your head for a long time after you put the book down, and Voiceless is a fi
Annabel witnessed the death of her Grandmother when her drug addicted mother and boyfriend come to visit and Grandma gets killed in a struggle. Annabel looses her voice so people call her Ghost. Annabel is moved into a foster care home with Mary and Bobby who treat her well. Other children at the home have various issues: Char-prostitution, Jerome - slower and fear issues, Tully is a dwarf but a good person. Then Graydon comes to the home he is sexually involved with Char and Ghost catches them ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
"Voiceless" is the gripping story of Annabel, who loses the ability to speak after her drug addict mother's boyfriend murders her grandmother, who is also Annabel's guardian. Annabel is fostered to Mary and Bobby who look after both hurt teenagers and horses and she becomes "Ghost". Very confused and unhappy and wishing to make sense of what has happened to her, Ghost's life becomes entwined with that of another mixed-up abused teenager in the group and she runs away to Ottawa with Graydon Fox a ...more
Allison Baggio
There is nothing better than reading something written by an author you know and like and actually LOVING his or her book. This is the case here. I read Voiceless at the cottage and got totally captivated by Ghost's story. I was rooting for this girl so much. Adults and young adults alike will enjoy Voiceless and its cast of interesting characters. I came away with a better insight into what might lead a child to end up on the street, and more compassion for homeless youth as welll. Bravo.
I liked this book because it was about a girl from foster homes who does not speak. I gave it 3 stars because it has a very predictable storyline.
This book was amazing
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Caroline Wissing has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University as well as a diploma in Print Journalism. She became a technical editor and writer in Ottawa’s intermittently thriving software industry, where she has worked for more than 12 years.Two of her stories, “Surrender” and “Gemini”, received second and third place in Ottawa’s Audrey Jessup short crime fiction contest. Voiceless is ...more
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