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Silence in the Wild

A story of friendship, strength, and survival

Although twelve-year-old Jake Graham was born deaf and wears a hearing aid, he is just an ordinary boy living in a small New Hampshire town during the mid-1980s.

Life hasn’t been the same for Jake since his beloved grandfather passed away. After a rough school year and harassment by bullies, he wishes he could spend his entire summer with his grandfather again. Instead, his parents are sending him to a boys’ camp in Maine.

Jake arrives at Camp Pawtuckaway feeling nervous and uncertain about being outside his comfort zone, but he overcomes his anxiety after he meets Paddy, a twelve-year-old from Ireland. The bond between the two grows as Paddy helps Jake adjust to life in the outdoors, and Jake unknowingly helps Paddy overcome the burden of his own personal tragedy. They wonder if fate brought them together to be brothers.

The boys’ summer takes an unexpected turn when a freak accident sends Paddy to the hospital, and then Jake accidentally gets left behind on a field trip in a remote area of Maine. The rugged wilderness tests Jake’s endurance, as he struggles to find his way back to the camp alone and cannot hear after his hearing aid stops working. Along the way, he mysteriously connects with his grandfather and learns to be at peace with his past.

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Dale C. Jellison is an accountant by trade and a writer in his spare time. This page will be updated soon.


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