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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,898 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews

Learning to walk again is the easy part.

For twelve year old Charley, recovering from the accident that shattered her leg is nowhere near as difficult as facing the solitude of a summer without her best friend and with a father who does nothing, now, but work. Solitude means time to think, time to hear for the first time the awful silence left in her world two years ago by
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Published June 2008 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Laurie Cameron
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Charley sees the dog sitting perfectly still, his body erect, his ears pricked in her direction, she feels an immediate connection to him; instinct tells her he feels it too. He has been hanging out for quite some time around the lake and won’t let any human being get anywhere near him. Clearly, his experiences with humans have been of an abusive nature.

Twelve-year-old Charley doesn’t need to take on his problems. She has problems enough of her own. She is only now able to walk after a car
I got this book for my favorite elementary school teacher because it sounded very me. I really liked me. The storyline is that it's about a girl, Charley, who is hurt in an accident. School is over and it's summer. Her mother died two (?) years ago and she hasn't really dealt with her grief. Her best friend went to camp for the entire summer with another girl. Her father tells her to get out and exercise her leg. She meets a halfwild dog and makes it her goal for the summer to tame him. She call ...more
Kristine Hansen
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, kids-animals
This book has a certain biographical feel which makes sense given that the author lives in this setting with a dog of this name. I will wager that much of this came from experience and it shows.

A story of healing, a little girl struck by tragedy twice and a dog who has suffered far too much find each other in this endearing and realistic tale of a summer that wasn't anything special at the onset. I dove into this book and loved it all the way through. Things didn't always happen as I expected, a
Bri Grant
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
Maybe it's just because I love dogs, or maybe it's the way Tolan's writing was so clear and able to be visualized, but I fell in love with this book! There are not many chapter books or novels that I can read nearly in a single sitting- but this one, I definitely could! I don't really know what qualifies as a 5-star rating in most other eyes, but this one definitely qualified as one to me! I wanted to continue on this journey with Coyote and Charley!
Mr. Kenney's Happy Hippies Literature Group
This book is a good book not only if you like animals, but if you like books that have a little bit of adventure to it. Like so far there is a girl named Charlie and she got in a car accident and has a really bad cut open leg. she goes on an adventure trying to overcome her fear and finds a a stray dog, that has been abused and she tries to take it in but it is scared of her.
Nikki Wilson
My son bought this book at a book fair. Surprise, surprise, he picked a book about a dog! LOL! It was written really well, lots of great description and visuals. But all in all a little boring for me. My son loved it though, and I guess that's what counts
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luna
Luna picked it because she can't resist a story about a girl and a dog. I was initially thrown off by the slow pacing, but was eventually won over by some pretty exceptional nature writing. Also, a touching story about a girl and a dog.
Janelle Hammonds
It was a cute book with a good message, the main character never giving up despite many reasons to.
Listen! is one of those books that really touch the center of my heart. It could be because the central relationship is between a young girl and a dog and I am SUCH a dog person.

Charley (Charlene) is recovering from injuries sustained in a serious car accident, from which the other two people walked away with minor cuts. Her recovery has included hospitals and rigorous physical therapy. When we meet Charley in the first chapter she is close to the end of her physical recovery. The story opens wi
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charley was a 12 year old girl recovering from a broken leg she got when she got in a car accident coming home from school. She lives with her dad who works all the time and her nanny Sarita who cooks cleans and looks after Charley. Charley’s mom doesn’t live with them because she died in a plane accident on her way to Brazil to take pictures of the forest. She needed these pictures because she was a photographer.

Charley was going on a walk around eagle lake with her wooden walking stick for the
Julieta Paradiso
A wild dog. A broken girl. And a special connection that will bond them when they need it most. As we read into the story, we learn the tragedies that struck the Charley, twice. First, she lost her mama to a plane crash while on a trip to photograph the Amazon Jungle. Then, she was the victim of a careless driver that cost her surgery, rehabilitation and a scar that will remind her of that awful moment –forever.
School has let out for the summer and Charley finds herself having to spend h
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Charley who injures her leg from an accident and her best friend Amy starts to hang around with another girl and leaves Charley by herself, so that she can go to an all summer camp with Becky Sue. Charley starts to take walks through the woods with her neighbor the Davis’ dos Sadie. This is hard for Charley because her mother has passed away and walking through the woods reminds Charley of her mother and how much her mother loved the woods. Charley doe ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book in 5th grade at the book fair. I had heard a lot of great things about it, but never picked it up and read it until a few days ago. I am not sure why, I went through a phase of dog books and I guess I didn't want to go back to that. This book is about a girl named Charley. He mother had passed away in a plane crash. Ever since that day, every thing was different. He dad never smiled, her friends were scared to talk to her, and she felt alone. Then, she got in a car crash t ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because it was a dog book and it was on clearance. No other reason.
It then sat on a shelf for probably close to a year. I kept looking at the description.
"Great" I thought, "Another 'lonely kid meets stray animal and overcomes things in the process of winning the animal's trust'". As if there aren't enough of those. As if they aren't all essentially the same. Then I'd tell myself that this is the sort of book I read. Dog books. It would probably be mostly about the kid. I told
In the book "Listen!" Charley, a twelve year old girl, spends her summer break at Eagle Lake recovering from a car accident that scared her leg. She walks around the lake stops in front of the woods and goes back to her home. But every time she walks she spots a mysterious dog that she knows is special. She tells her father, also her physical terrorists, that she wants to tame him and she has the rest of the summer to get closer to him. She walks with Sadie, the neighbors dog, and the wild dog t ...more
In this book charley trains her dog Coyote. Coyote was a stray dog where she lives. She trains the dog. Her neighbor’s dog Sadie helped the training. Coyote won’t do anything without Sadie. He likes to stay in the woods.
He is always in the woods and loves the woods. Charley can never get him out of the woods. It took 50 days to train him but she did it and he is now a good dog.
Main Characters:
The main character is charley she is tall and thin. Coyote is a dog who is reddish
Grace Chrisman
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bailey Van Sickle
The setting of this book is modern day in the summer time. When Charley gets into a car accident and breaks her legs. She has to drop out of school because of the accident and starts her summer early by a couple of days. When she starts walking with crutches outside of her lake house she finds this dog, whom then disappers. People warn her about this dog or say that it's impossible to train it ,but Charley thinks differently and she wants this dog, so her long summer starts of training a dog, t ...more
Jessalyn Sommer
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Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 12 year old Charley whose mother had recently died on a plane, whose father's work schedule includes a grueling 80 hours per week, and whom had just suffered an accident thanks to a careless teenage driver who happened to be her best friend's brother. Her leg so severly injured she will not be able to attend tennis camp at Lake George with her Best friend this summer! This way-when Charley discovers a wild spirit who has been abused and is now a loner-she is more than prepare ...more
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(shame, shame) I only got part way through this book, but from what I did read, it was really good. It was about a girl, and she got in a car accident with her friend. She broke her leg, so she was still kind of recovering from the injury, so everyday she would go out and walk around the lake she lived by. And this wasn't your average pond, it was massive, so it was some good exercise. She kept seeing this dog, and she wasn't sur e if it was a coyote or just a wild dog, but she just ignored it, ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one 5/5 stars. It was an easy read, but packed with meaning. Charley is recovering from a car accident that injured her leg greatly and in many ways, she and her father are both recovering from her mother's death years earlier. Charley feels an increasing connection to nature and especially to a stray dog as the summer progresses which seems to symbolize her developing a greater connection to her feelings and the world in general. I enjoyed her relationship with the dog and the impli ...more
Marsha Hubbell
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Listen" by Stephanie S. Tolan is an award-winning book for children 10 and up. It's also for anyone 10 and up. This is such a sweet story about healing, recovery, dealing with loss and tragedy, about the love and trust between a young girl and a wild abandoned dog.

Charley is a 12-year-old girl who two years earlier lost her mother in a tragic plane crash. Her father has distanced himself. Her best friend abandoned her for the summer to attend tennis camp. And Charley is recovering from a car a
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
charley was riding home one night with her best friend amy, her brother (amy's brother) driving. they got into a terrible car accident wich has left charley somewhat crippled. after the accident she loses touch with the world around her for a very long time. she reflects on her mothers death (almost two years ago) and one day she sights a mysterious dog and they instantly make a connection.

charley is determinded to make this dog hers, its alot of hard work, and for the most part her dad is agai
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th - 6th graders, animal/pet lovers
I picked this up at my daughters school book fair (she's in 3rd grade) because it looked like one she may enjoy. I thought I'd read it first before recommending it to her. She's a lot like me, if it doesn't grab our attention quick, we have a hard time finishing it! So far..... it's "ok". It could be a cute story - I'm hoping so.

June 30th - finally finished! It is a nice, calm story. Great for animal lovers and those of us tha tbelieve pets can heal us with their love. I liked the second half o
Dec 13, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 5 and up
Twelve year old Charley is spending the summer in isolation while recovering from a severe car accident. She is also deeply wounded emotionally from the traumatic death of her mother two years ago. Charley discovers a wild, hungry, and fearful dog in the woods around her home. While trying to tame the wild dog she reconnects with the spirit of her mother who was a naturalist and a wildlife photographer. As Charley listens for the dog, and to the sounds of nature she is able to hear the words of ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
12 year old Charley was in a accident that broke her leg. She finds a dog that is in the woods alone. She knows its not anyone's dog. She tries to make the dog her own but the dog is very afraid of people. Charley thinks that the dog was fed and while the dog was eating it got taken and now the dog is afraid that will happen again.
I think that it is awesome that Charley is trying to help a dog and take a long time to make the dog hers. She doesn't stop trying most people would have given up b
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-read-that
This was a pretty good book. Something about the writing seemed off to me. I'm not experienced/knowledgeable enough to know what it was... maybe it's just that it's written in a simple style, maybe it's because it's written in an omniscient, present tense, and you don't hear that a lot... I don't know.
Good story though, could possibly be helpful for young people who have experienced loss or other trials in their lives. (Of course, it might lead them to believe a dog is the answer to their proble
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tells the story of a little girl who had a broken leg and spent the summer at home. During this time she saw a dog that was wild and had no family. She decided to train it and become it's friend. She spent the whole summer getting this dog to trust her. It was an every day workout with the dog. She thought of every way possible to get this dog to trust her. It also helped her have something to do while recouperating with the broken leg. She learned many things about the dog and his pattern ...more
Carol Nicolas
Charley has many troubles. Her leg has been shattered in a car accident, her mother is dead, her father is too busy for her, and her best friend has left for camp. She is lonely and sad. Then one day during a routine but painful walk around the lake, she meets a beautiful, wild dog and decides to tame him. As she gradually teaches the dog to trust and love again, she grows to understand her missing mother and appreciate the beauty of the land where she lives. This was a beautiful story. Although ...more
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Stephanie S. Tolan's earliest memories involve books. Those that were read to her and those she read to herself, often late at night with a flashlight under the covers. She always thought there was a special magic in the little black marks on paper that could turn into whole worlds and real people. Born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin, she wrote her first story in the fourth grade. It was thrillin ...more
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