Delly is always getting into trouble, even when she’s trying to avoid it by making up cuss words like “chizzle”. Only RB, her little brother, seems to see the good in her, until Ferris Boyd moves into town. Ferris Boyd doesn’t talk and doesn’t let anyone touch her, but somehow the beginning of a friendship keeps Delly out of trouble. Once again, Katherine Hannigan features nature and animal communication as a special gift for the few who are quiet enough to hear what birds and cats can say. Ferris Boyd, of course, is special, and by watching and spending time with her, Delly begins to understand a different sort of Dellyventure (“an adventure of the best sort, featuring Delly Pattison”). By the end of the book, we find out the reason why Ferris Boyd doesn’t speak, and it’s a horrible, terrible secret and the resolution is found only with a big dose of courage, trust and communication.
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