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The Whispers Summary ¸ 109 é Eleven year old Riley believes in the whispers magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes Riley has a lot of wishes He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him He wishes Dylan his 8th grade crush liked him and Riley wishes he would stop wetting the bed But most of all Riley wishes for his Eleven year old Riley believes in the whispers magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes Riley has a lot of wishes He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him He wishes Dylan his 8th grade crush liked him and Riley wishes he would stop wett. The Whispers is an absolutely gorgeous middle grade novel about Riley an eleven year old boy whose mother has gone missing Riley believes that the key to finding her lies with The Whispers wish granting fairies from the stories she used to tell him Riley’s also struggling with his dad seeming like he doesn’t want him around any bullies at school and having a crush on an older boy Greg Howard’s writing here is so beautiful All of the emotions and imagery jumped off the page I appreciated how this book didn’t seem like it was dumbed down for younger readers Even though the main character is eleven and it’s written in first person it still feels remarkably mature But not in a way that Riley doesn’t seem like a real eleven year old This is a very moving story Once all the layers start peeling back and you realize everything that Riley has been going through it’s hard to not shed a couple tears All of the turmoil from his family situation on top of coming to terms with his sexuality in a conservative Christian town in the South makes for a lot of emotional moments in this book I truly think this is a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages To me it feels like a pretty mature middle grade book one that people who don’t normally read from that age range could still get a lot out of

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Ing the bed But most of all Riley wishes for his mom to come back home She disappeared a few months ago and Riley is determined to crack the case He even meets with a detective Frank to go over his witness statement time and time again Frustrated with the lack of progress in th. A year after his 2018 YA debut Social Intercourse Greg Howard entered the realm of middle grade literature with The Whispers How would his skills translate to writing for kids Riley James is eleven years old but he was ten when Mama vanished four months ago He tells his father and a police detective named Frank that he doesn't know where she went but Riley is hiding a few inconvenient facts He thinks Frank suspects him of involvement in his mother's disappearance but he would never hurt her regardless what Sister Grimes from the North Creek Church of God might suggest Riley is convinced Mama is waiting to be found but it won't be Detective Frank who does it Riley senses his best bet is a mythical race of beings his mother told him stories about who appear as flickering blue lights in the woods The Whispers Mama called them know all things and are willing to share that knowledge with special humans in exchange for a sacrificial tribute Could they lead Riley to Mama Life at home is tense with Mama gone Daddy rarely speaks to Riley or even looks at him their close relationship a relic of the past Riley's fourteen year old brother Danny treats him even worse than he used to Riley has regressed to wetting the bed but cleans up the mess every morning so Daddy isn't burdened Riley's other condition an attraction to boys can't be tidied up so easily but he tries to hide it What would Sister Grimes and the rest of North Creek Church of God say if they knew the thoughts Riley has toward boys in particular eighth grader Dylan Mathews whom Riley adoringly thinks of as My Redneck Superhero Dylan is uite a physical specimen and doesn't look down on Riley for behaving differently than most sixth grade boys Riley only sees Dylan on the bus and at school but at least he has Gary Son of a mixed race family Gary knows how it feels not to fit in with his peers in a small South Carolina town so he and Riley are a natural fit as friends They go camping in the woods on a regular basis with Riley's dog a Rottie Shepherd mix named Tucker despite an incident a while back when a local boy disappeared Dylan's reclusive cousin Mordecai Mathews was suspected of doing something untoward to the boy but police couldn't prove it Daddy hesitated about letting Riley camp out after that but Riley clears that hurdle by telling him he's sleeping at Gary's house Now his reason for spending a night in the woods is important than ever The time is at hand to seek the Whispers and offer a tribute in exchange for Mama If Riley doesn't find her now what hope is there she'll ever make it back What if someone is holding her captive Gary is skeptical about the Whispers but he agrees to camp with Riley in the woods and the two begin their hike accompanied by Gary's little brother Carl Riley feels uneasy—before they left Dylan delivered a cryptic warning about dangerous things lurking in the woods—but Riley keeps a sharp lookout for blue flashes of light that could signal the presence of the Whispers He desperately wants to believe Mama's magical stories but he's running out of faith The Whispers as Mama described them were not purely good however; they never opened the door to infinite knowledge without exacting steep payment on behalf of the individual seeking it What will they reuire of Riley for even a hint of Mama's fate Is Grandpa's vintage Swiss Army knife sufficient a tool Riley loves to use How about Mama's wedding ring which Riley keeps hidden in a drawer in his bedroom the last vestige he has of her Will the Whispers grant his heart's wish if he sacrifices these objects to them A night of stunning revelation and emotional upheaval is ahead but Riley refuses to doubt the Whispers They're his last hope to ever see Mama again How do you face the truth when the person you love most exits your life The ground crumbles beneath your feet plunging you into an abyss of heartache that seems bottomless Riley's family and friends don't know how to help; he took it brutally hard when Mama left and his behavior has them worried All of them have abandoned hope that Mama will be back but Riley needs her too much to move on Mama believed the world was a place of enchantment that stories of hobgoblins and Whispers were compatible with her Christian faith and Riley models his belief system after hers Can God be pleased with him in spite of his other condition Riley isn't sure how Mama felt about his attraction to boys—an attraction she discovered by happenstance shortly before he saw her for the final time—but he needs to find out Will Riley be able to live with the truth once he pieces it together I'm conflicted about The Whispers The ending is profound approaching the magnificence achieved by legends such as Wilson Rawls Irene Hunt Marion Dane Bauer and Katherine Paterson Some moments could not have been much better but the plot is necessarily complicated and certain elements don't seem to hold up under scrutiny ones I won't elaborate on in the interest of avoiding spoilers These implausibilities prevent me from rating The Whispers three and a half four or even stars and declaring that it deserved the 2020 Newbery Medal but I will round my two and a half star rating to three The plot difficulties could have been a death sentence if the emotion weren't so beautiful as Greg Howard guides the story to a tearful finish Whatever misgivings I have The Whispers holds a permanent place in my heart Riley's story means a lot to me

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The WhispersE investigation Riley decides to take matters into his own hands So he goes on a camping trip with his friend Gary to find the whispers and ask them to bring his mom back home But Riley doesn't realize the trip will shake the foundation of everything that he believes in forever. It took me a little bit to get into the book mostly because the setting was very rural American something I'm not particularly knowledgeable about and haven't read a lot of Once I adjusted to the setting and language of the book though I was utterly drawn inInitially I was a bit undecided on how I felt about the author clearly putting vocabulary in with explanations to encourage children to learn; on one hand it was clevely woven into the story but on the other hand I was worried it would start to feel a bit forced It didn't The natural and very funny explanations for each word kept it fresh and tied into the story very smoothlyOne of my favourite parts of the story was the main character Riley; it's very rare to see a gay character portrayed younger than a teenager and so accurately Obviously everyone is different but I could definitely relate to some of the things Riley was going through because I remember going through them myself It's also nice to see a gay character where romance isn't the main point of them although he did have a crush and it was super cute and far too relatable it was in no way the main point of the storyI won't say much about the ending because I don't want to spoil anything; all I'll say is that it ended both how I thought it would and it didn't It was very moving but very sad in a lot of respects tooIf you want an easy read that will make you laugh cry and appreciate the world around you a little I'd definitely recommend giving this a go