The Silent One

Author(s): Joy Cowley

Second Hand Children & Young Adult Novels

Winner of the 1982 Children's Book of the Year Award. The Silent One is Jonasi, a uniquely gifted boy sent from the sea as a baby to grow up in an isolated Pacific village. Separated from the villagers by his silence and their prejudices, Jonasi finds solace in his underwater world where he develops a special relationship with a huge white turtle. However, both Jonasi and the turtle are seen as evil spirits by the superstitious villagers. A series of natural disasters and a struggle for leadership within the village sweep Jonasi towards his strange destiny.


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General Fields

  • : 9780140322842SECA
  • : Penguin Group (NZ)
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
  • : June 1990
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joy Cowley
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrations