Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Level: 12 and up

# of Pages: 197 p.

RAC Book: Yes

2008 Iowa Teen Award Winner

Twelve-year-old Charley is still recovering from a car accident in which her leg was badly hurt. As she struggles to walk with a cane around the lake near her house she finds a wild dog whom she names Coyote. Charley makes it her mission to tame Coyote and keep him as a personal friend. She feels they have a connection and she needs a friend for the summer since her best friend went off to tennis camp.

Listen is a slow moving story about a girl coping with the death of her mother and then a traumatic accident of her own in which she spent many months rehabilitating from. Coyote helps her to come to terms with everything she has lost as well as finding how to move on. Animal lovers will enjoy this book because it accurately illustrates how animals and humans can help each other heal. A good story, but many students may find it too slow without enough action to keep them intrigued and engaged.

36 Responses to “Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan”

  1. 1 twix22 September 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

    really want this book cuz i love love love love love love LOVE DOGS MOSTLY MY DOG tOOTSIE ROLL HIS A MINIATURE PINCHER

  2. 2 wonderfuldarling October 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    it’s a good book and is very heart warming

  3. 3 _xxrawrxx_ November 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    i love this book. it so exciting. i can never put it down sometimes. I love dogs.. witch makes it even better. This is a really good book!


  4. 4 twilightxx3 December 14, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    dear people,
    i havent read this book yet but it seems good i read the first 30 pages and it was hard to put down i dont know how to deal with a book like that. i sort of can relate to that with my grandma she has cancer and shes all discombobulate and when we give her this little dog for christmas she emidetly falls in love with it.

  5. 5 Jennifer February 3, 2009 at 1:09 am

    This a amazing book I started it yesterday and I am all most done. This the most amazing book I have ever read. I love it.

  6. 6 emily February 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    i need to read this book for a book club in my school and i was going to finsih it with my gourp over vaction but i forgot the book

    anyway this book is’nt that good lets just say its not my favorite book theres many more favorite books i jjust dont like this one

  7. 8 KHALEIGH March 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    i just got this book the other day thinking i wont like this turns out i love it and it is such a great book it is soo hard to put downn to every one who had never read this now is tthe time to startt ! i only got this bbook cuz i read these coments and now its an amazing book ili <33 ♥♥

  8. 9 Anonymous April 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    This is a great book sad happy and sometimes funny

  9. 10 Molly May 7, 2009 at 1:40 am


  10. 11 Molly May 7, 2009 at 1:41 am


  11. 12 cool girl July 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    this book was very good. i read it all in one day! i couldnt put it down!!

  12. 13 lola August 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    how long was she in the hospital?

  13. 14 hanna August 25, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I love this book my nanna (gradma) also has cancer just saying and her dog went to us because she pasted away last week 😦 i truley do love this book though i was ver engaged in it and it helped me cope with my grandmothers death…

  14. 15 redhot September 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

    i never read it but it looks sssooooo boring!!!!!

  15. 16 reader7897 September 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    what town or state does this take place in?

  16. 18 Sasume Uchiha October 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

    i luved dis book

  17. 19 Katie November 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    good book amazing makes me happy

  18. 20 Miranda Deeds November 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I really love this book i would toatally recomend it best book ever next to the twilight seris anyway I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 21 anonymous November 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I read this book in Grade 5 in reading groups. It is a very good book with good description. I enjoyed this book a lot.

  20. 22 Anonymous January 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I need a couple reading response question for school can someone help me???? Please!!!! HELP!!!! ITS DUE TOMORROW !!!!!!

    • 23 manderse11 January 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      I’m not absolutely sure what you are looking for, but here are some questions.
      1. How has the main character dealt with the grief of her mother?
      2. Why is finding this dog so important for her rehabilitation?
      3. What is her relationship like with her father and why is that important?
      4. What are your predictions for these characters after the story ends? Where do you see them going?

  21. 24 rockstar February 9, 2010 at 12:58 am

    omg this is such a good story i luv it so much!!!!!!

  22. 25 Anonymous April 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    omg i loved this book it was very heart warming i couldn’t put it down

  23. 26 Anonymous May 16, 2010 at 6:56 am

    i thought this book kinda sucked. kinda boring n didnt really have a point to me, the only thing i got out of it was a book report for school.

  24. 27 Marissa November 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    OMG i love this book so much next to the Inkheart series its one of my Favs Im doing a book report on it it is so gooooood if u dont want to read it dont judge by the cover read the first chapter its really good

  25. 28 Morgan March 4, 2011 at 2:47 am

    The first time I picked up this book, was the day I couldn’t put it down. I LOVE This Book!!! I read it for 2 days stright, and finished it on the second day. 🙂 The book was AMAZING!!!

  26. 29 Rickelle Nelson August 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I LOVE THIS BOOK i can’t find a book better than this i am reading it for my second time!! ( i NEVER read books twice) i hope Stephanie Tolan writes some more books like this one!

  27. 30 Anonymous October 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    i just loved this book and its problems in charleys life and coyote they have an amazing connection throughout each others life i feel this is my most favorite book ever”listen” i love dis book i can’t even express how i felt wen i read it it was just wow wow wow!!!

  28. 31 Mrs.Bergimon November 3, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Any bad comments are probably coming from people that have never read this book. Anyways, this book is so heart warming, exiting, and sad. But the sadness makes an adventure in the book, a puzzle of questions you hope get anwered. And as a teacher, I truly recommend it to everyone.

  29. 32 Ashley December 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    This book was the best book I have ever read. I LOVE this book it’s sad and heartwarming and very inspirational to me. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  30. 33 Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I read it and it was horrible Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 34 Tiffany February 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    this book was fantasic i read it in 6th grade and now 2 years later . i read it because, this is an exclent way to spend your summer !

  32. 35 Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm


  33. 36 Shailee March 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I’m reading this book for my homework. Love it! I’m only on chapter 11 though. But still I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far❤️

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