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There Are No Words

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"Young teenagers, their teachers and parents will be happy to have this one in their library." -Dr. Ruth C. Sullivan, former President of the Autism Society of AmericaJaxon MacKenzie, a mute, yet secretly literate, 12-year-old girl, discovers a faded newspaper article documenting the greatest train wreck in American history-an event that claimed the life of her grandfather ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Lucky Press
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Jessica Bell
Dec 26, 2010 Jessica Bell rated it really liked it
It didn't take long for me to realize that this book was going to be one-of-a-kind. On page fourteen I was already salivating at Mary's stunning prose.

It is a heart-warming YA historical fiction tale told from the perspective of a 12-year-old autistic girl named Jaxon. Though I believe it suits more to the Middle Grade genre, it definitely will not disappoint any young adult reader, nor will it disappoint an adult! Beautifully written - magical. It pushed me directly into her world and I found i
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Janice
Aug 18, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to reading this book about a young girl with autism because I am a teacher who has had students with various learning differences through the years. I always want to learn more and find books I can share in my classroom. However, the main reason I picked this book is my own nephew has autism. You see 19 years ago my brother and sister adopted a special needs baby who as he grew up we saw that he looked at things differently than other children. After many doctors and testin ...more
Bookworm1858
Jun 11, 2010 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, own, won, ya-read
Summary: Jaxon is a mute, literate, autistic girl who lives with her grandparents. One night she travels back in time and meets Sarah, Dewey, and Oliver Pack, her grandfather's best friend who died in a 1918 train accident. She ends up realizing that she traveled back in time in order to save Oliver-can she do it?

Thoughts: I really liked the concept and I found it very charming that Jaxon got to go back in time and affect it. It was pretty predictable but I found it engaging and I read it fairly
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Billy
Feb 13, 2016 Billy rated it it was amazing
There Are No Words
BY: Mary Calhoun Brown
PUBLISHED BY: Lucky Press, LLC
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-09776300-2-8
Pages: 127
Ages: YA & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

“There Are No Words” tells the story of a 12-year-old autistic girl named Jaxon McKenzie. She is mute, but she secretly loves to read. After her father passed away, her mother left her to be raised by her grandparents.

Late one night, Jaxon went downstairs to look at the painting her uncle had made. The painting of a path in the woods
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Janice Williams
Apr 12, 2010 Janice Williams rated it it was amazing
Jaxon MacKenzie, a mute, yet secretly literate, 12-year-old girl, discovers a faded newspaper article documenting the greatest train wreck in American history—an event that claimed the life of her grandfather’s best friend, Oliver Pack. That night Jaxon is whisked through an old painting in her grandparents’ parlor, back to July 1918 in an attempt to prevent the accident. Miraculously, she finds herself able to speak for the first time.

Jaxon meets three friends: Sara Hale, Dewey MacKenzie, and
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Susan Pettrone
Feb 03, 2010 Susan Pettrone rated it it was amazing
Jaxton MacKenzie is a mute. She lives in a small town with her grandparents, her mother having left her there under the auspices of not being able to care for her or perhaps not caring for a daughter who is mute. But not is all that it seems with Jaxton, she is a literate child, in fact, she doesn't even remember NOT knowing how to read. She listens intently to those around her who usually ignore her as if she weren't there except for her grandparents Sarah and Dewey MacKenzie.

Jaxton is exceptio
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Charline Ratcliff
Jul 07, 2014 Charline Ratcliff rated it really liked it
I found “There Are No Words” to be a very interesting, informative and easy read. Jaxon MacKenzie is an autistic twelve year old girl living in the modern world and yet this story seems firmly rooted in a past era. I attribute this “feel” to two separate but intertwined things. Jaxon lives with her grandparents who come from an older generation which encompasses a different set of values and she gets pulled into a painting that sends her back in time to July of 1918. “There Are No Words” is the ...more
Cristina Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2013 Cristina Rodriguez rated it really liked it
This chapter book is written through the narrative of 12-year-old Jaxon's point of view, an Autistic girl who is mute, but loves to read. She is raised by her grandparents and one day looks into a painting that her uncle painted, and magically walks into the painting. She is immediately transported to the time of the painting, the year 1918. Not only is she transported into a different time, but she is also now able to communicate, more specifically, speak to other people. The book follows Jaxon ...more
Cynthia Neale
Jun 24, 2011 Cynthia Neale rated it really liked it
A melodic journey into the heart and mind of an autistic young girl who is whisked through a painting in her grandparents' parlor back to 1918 when an event claimed the life of her grandfather's best friend. She is sent back in time to prevent the accident and miraculously, is able to speak for the first time in her life. Love, friendship, racial attitudes, and a misunderstood disability often is explored in this genuinely beautiful fantasy.
Len
Jan 14, 2015 Len rated it it was amazing
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I love it when I get lost in a book and this historical fiction tale did just that to me. I'm at a loss for words to describe it for its brilliance using something that truly happened in the past. The words both mesmerized and consumed me. Mary Calhoun Brown created a true masterpiece! This book is highly recommended to young adult and adults alike.
Maria
Dec 15, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
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My Aunt gave me this book to read and although it's short, it was pretty decent. I thought the main character Jaxon was very interesting and I liked all the family described throughout the book. Some of the events weren't very realistic, but the main point of family was defiantly presented. It was pretty good.
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