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“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even her mom wonders it. Everyone, it seems, is concerned for Myra Louise. So, in search of an answer to the tiresome question, she invents a listening machine. But the more she listens, the less interested she becomes in finding any answer at all… Myra Louise realizes that all she really needs is someone else to listen alongside her. A poignant story celebrating introversion and the power of listening.


  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club 2023
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award, BC Young Readers’ Choice Award 2021


“The illustrations are charming and beautifully done. The book is a tender challenge for children (and adults also) to be silent observant listeners too. Take heed . . . the world has lots to teach us in its silence! I highly recommend this book. Well done!” 

- Storywraps, 06/16/20

“This book could really open up a discussion about how children are all different and how it is important to embrace those differences. ”

- Youth Services Book Review, 10/28/20

“A delightful read. ” 

- BuzzBees Book Reviews, 07/21/20

“A great story for children who both love to talk and love to listen. ” 

- Hidden Worlds Books, 08/25/20

“Authentic and inspiring. ”

- Sal’s Ficiton Addiction, 02/04/21

“Teaches kids to slow down, to appreciate something more than technology. ” 

- My Book Abyss, 01/13/21

“This endearing must-read of a quiet heroine is sure to become a classic go-to tale in a frenetic world. ” 

- Canadian Children’s Book News, *starred review, Fall/2020

“Celebrates diversity by championing Myra Louise’s quiet, contemplative way of being . . . Should be read aloud in every Kindergarten classroom across the country, but it also deserves a place in libraries and homes. ”

- CM Reviews, *starred review, 06/26/20