Official Review: Dewey: The Silent Boy by Brant VIckers

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Official Review: Dewey: The Silent Boy by Brant VIckers

Post by kandscreeley » 03 Aug 2018, 08:45

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Dewey: The Silent Boy" by Brant VIckers.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Dewey won't talk. It's not that he can't; he just won't. He's in the foster care system and has been labeled as autistic. Nobody is really sure where he came from, but he hasn't said a word as long as he can remember. Now he's in the special education classroom, and his foster parents are determined to milk the system for whatever they can. But it doesn't seem like anyone actually cares about Dewey. One day Dewey pushes things a bit too far and ends up in trouble with the law. Dewey decides to run away, but where will he go? What will he do?

Dewey: The Silent Boy by Brant Vickers is a very realistic account of a troubled young man. A young man that has been mislabeled and perhaps even failed by the system. A young man who is still trying to figure out who he is and why he matters. It's a story that, while not true, very well could be.

The book itself is really split into two halves. In the first half, we get to see what the modern education system is like, especially when it comes to special education. The author, having worked with special needs children himself, writes this portion of the tale very accurately. It was heartbreaking and eye-opening to see what goes on in classrooms and foster families in these situations. The second half focuses on Dewey's journey both physically and metaphorically. This is where Dewey really learns who he is and what he is willing to fight for. It was well-written and helped me to understand Dewey more as a person.

On a personal note, my nephew is autistic which is the reason that I picked the story up in the first place. I had sympathy for these children from the beginning. The first half of the story is a very accurate portrayal of how teachers have their hands tied by the system. The second half of the story was a bit different than I was expecting but still very enjoyable. It has a bit of a twist to it that I didn't see coming. For a book that was very character driven, I admired the author for adding something unique to the mix.

As for the writing itself, the overall flow of the story had a great rhythm that continued to draw the reader in ever deeper. Just when you are beginning to wonder about Dewey and why he is the way he is, the author throws a morsel out for you to feed on. In this way, he pulls you along learning about the characters slowly, leaving enough mystery to keep you intrigued. However, I did spot more than 10 errors in a book of under 100 pages. These were not overly distracting, ranging from missing words to homonym substitution. But, there were enough to lead me to believe that this book has not undergone professional editing.

All in all, this is a book that I enjoyed reading. Dewey is an interesting young man that has a compelling story. Due to the editing issues, though, I rate Dewey: The Silent Boy a 3 out of 4 stars. Since this subject is so near to my heart, I have a hard time not giving a blanket recommendation that everyone should read the story. That is my opinion, but to be more specific, those who deal with children with special needs in any capacity would enjoy this story. It would also be good for anyone who enjoys character development as Dewey is an enthralling protagonist. Lastly, I would recommend it, as well, for young adults. The lesson here is that there is usually more going on than meets the eye. We should respect others even when they are not like us. I have to thank Mr. Vickers for bringing these issues to light.

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Post by Espie » 04 Aug 2018, 01:13

What a heartfelt and heartwarming review! Indeed, every person is unique who is worthy to be valued and respected. Each of us has our own personal battles; a random act of understanding and compassion such as what you've displayed could make that much-needed difference.
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Post by rchacko » 04 Aug 2018, 04:05

A very nice review of children with special needs. Children with special needs, many of whom are autistic, need our understanding, encouragement, help, and accommodative support to break free of their difficulties. They are just like us, except for having some underdeveloped or problematic faculty/faculties. We can understand them (while they cannot fully understand us), so we can help them if we care. Dewey's story portrays the challenges of children with special needs. The book is sure to attract the attention of each of one of us who care for lives less fortunate than ours.

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Aug 2018, 09:50

Espie wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 01:13
What a heartfelt and heartwarming review! Indeed, every person is unique who is worthy to be valued and respected. Each of us has our own personal battles; a random act of understanding and compassion such as what you've displayed could make that much-needed difference.
Thanks for your comment. It's definitely a book worth your time.
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Aug 2018, 09:52

rchacko wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 04:05
A very nice review of children with special needs. Children with special needs, many of whom are autistic, need our understanding, encouragement, help, and accommodative support to break free of their difficulties. They are just like us, except for having some underdeveloped or problematic faculty/faculties. We can understand them (while they cannot fully understand us), so we can help them if we care. Dewey's story portrays the challenges of children with special needs. The book is sure to attract the attention of each of one of us who care for lives less fortunate than ours.
Very true. Dewey has challenges for sure. He is not necessarily autistic, but the book still sheds light on those issues. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by Nidaconhh » 04 Aug 2018, 11:09

Interesting review! I love to read a story that related to education and special needs. Each kid has their own pace. Eager to know what happen to Dewey :)

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Post by daydreaming reader » 04 Aug 2018, 11:49

Certainly sounds intriguing. I love the promise of character development, but personally, I don't like talking so I was already sold due to the title. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Dael Reader » 04 Aug 2018, 11:51

This is a wonderful and compelling review. I might have to look into this one.

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Post by AmySmiles » 04 Aug 2018, 12:51

Great review. I've always been curious about autism. I know a teenage boy with it and his intelligence amazes me. I'd love to read this book, regardless the errors. Thank you.
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Post by hardex123 » 04 Aug 2018, 13:29

interesting book, becausei like reading review about education

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Aug 2018, 17:58

Nidaconhh wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 11:09
Interesting review! I love to read a story that related to education and special needs. Each kid has their own pace. Eager to know what happen to Dewey :)
It's definitely interesting and not what you would think. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Aug 2018, 18:02

daydreaming reader wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 11:49
Certainly sounds intriguing. I love the promise of character development, but personally, I don't like talking so I was already sold due to the title. Thank you for the review!
Talking can be a pain sometimes. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Aug 2018, 18:03

AmySmiles wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 12:51
Great review. I've always been curious about autism. I know a teenage boy with it and his intelligence amazes me. I'd love to read this book, regardless the errors. Thank you.
The errors aren't too bad. It's definitely still worth a read. Thanks.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Aug 2018, 21:55

This sounds like an enjoyable read that also shines line on the autism spectrum. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Post by cpru68 » 05 Aug 2018, 11:01

This sounds like a good book to bring awareness to the subject of special needs kids. Your description of Dewey at the beginning was so sad! It’s not that I don’t want to know more about the topic, but kids suffering makes me feel so bad that I have a hard time dealing with books like this. Your review makes me actually so grateful that I have not had to deal with this in my life. My heart hurts for those who do. Thank you for this insightful review. I might take a peek later as my reading obligations are a stack!
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