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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
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Jun 15, 2011

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The Weight of Silence

The Weight of Silence is a hauntingly moving story of a dysfunctional family in the middle of a crisis. After witnessing a tragedy in the family, young Calli becomes a selective mute. She refuses to speak, yet she builds a strong friendship with a girl without using words. They seem to have an otherworldly connection in which Petra, her friend, can feel what Calli wants or needs. The book centers around the search for Calli and Petra who both went missing early one morning. It is told from each family member's perspective; it picks up with a different family member each chapter. The book becomes sort of a puzzle, putting together each piece of the story as you read and try to figure out what caused the girls to disappear. I highly suggest this book; it is great for a quick little weekend read.

What is the weight of silence? The weight of silence in this book is the heavy load that burdens the girl who will not speak. She has secrets to tell, but she cannot fathom opening her mouth until she has to speak up in order to try and save her friend. She does not speak up for herself, but rather for the life of someone else. Then she begins to tell her story. Have you ever had a secret you couldn't tell? Did it weigh you down in mind, body, and spirit? That is the weight of silence.

Don't be silent.
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