The Whispers

The Whispers

Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley has a lot of wishes. He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him. He wishes Dylan, his 8th grade crush, liked him, and Riley wishes he would stop wetting the bed. But most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come back home. She disappeared Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Ril...

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Title:The Whispers
Author:Greg Howard
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:The Whispers
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Whispers Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Jan 28, 2019
    The Whispers is about a boy named Riley who wants to find the mythical creatures known as the Whispers so he can wish for his missing mother to return home. Riley is an anxious, sad boy with two conditions he keeps secret -- he wets the bed every night and he identifies as gay and was ...
  • Erin Stewart
    Feb 05, 2019
    Wow. The voice and beauty of this book will whisk you away to a world where you'll believe in magic, too. Loved the setting, how real the characters felt and the emotional journey that Howard takes you on with this story. Was sad to close the last page and have to leave. ...
  • Bridgette
    Jan 29, 2019
    2.5ish stars The jacket blurb is not really what this book is about, nor is the cover artwork. I thought it was going to be a portal fantasy, but it's definitely not. It's not even a fantasy, more like fabulism/magical realism. The pacing was slow and off in many parts for me and th...
  • Laura Sibson
    Sep 15, 2018
    So grateful to have read an ARC of this middle-grade novel, which will be released January 2019. Greg Howard creates a setting so lush that I felt as though I were in the magical woods of South Carolina with Riley, his dog Tucker and Riley's friends. Riley is a believable 11-year old b...
  • Tracey
    Oct 06, 2018
    I'll admit to shedding a few tears on this one--only a few, though, because I was reading it in a coffee shop. I put it on my magical reality shelf, though by the end, you'll have to decide on how much--and what kind--of magic. ...
  • Vitor Martins
    Feb 15, 2019
    Eu amei o protagonista, a voz narrativa dele, as ~lendas~ que cercam a história e o jeito como ela é contada. Mas ALGUMA COISA não funcionou pra mim???? Eu odeio ser A Pessoa Que Reclama Do Final, mas eu fiquei tão frustrado! ...
  • Briana
    Jan 06, 2019
    Source: e-ARC from publisher ...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Sep 19, 2018
    Howard, Greg. The Whispers. G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR, 2019. Riley believes in the old tales of the Whispers, forest creatures who can grant wishes if you bring them tribute. He also thinks they know what happened to his mama and how he can take care of what he refers to as his "other ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Jan 20, 2019
    The Whispers is an absolutely gorgeous middle grade novel about Riley, an eleven year old boy whose mother has gone missing. Riley believes that the key to finding her lies with The Whispers, wish granting fairies from the stories she used to tell him. Riley?s also struggling with hi...
  • Craig
    Jan 23, 2019
    It took me a little bit to get into the book, mostly because the setting was very rural American, something I'm not particularly knowledgeable about, and haven't read a lot of. Once I adjusted to the setting and language of the book though, I was utterly drawn in. Initially I was a ...
  • Sarah Nelson
    Jan 18, 2019
    Such a sweet story about growing up, finding yourself, and forgiveness. Fair warning, get the tissues ready. I was not prepared for the emotions. Thank you to the publisher for providing this book through Netgalley and putting me on the blog tour. Read my full review at bookishb...
  • Harker
    Jan 14, 2019
    CW: bullying, anti-gay terminology/homophobia, child abuse, animal death, talk about segregation behavior Riley has a strong belief in the Whispers: fairies that will grant you your heart's desire if you offer a tribute. He needs to believe in them because his mama has been missing ...
  • Tory
    Oct 17, 2018
    SPOILERS I really hate unreliable narrators. ...
  • Melissa
    Feb 08, 2019
    In Greg Howard's brilliant, heart-swelling MG debut, THE WHISPERS, 11-year-old Riley has two self-described "conditions"; 1). bedwetting, which develops in the aftermath of his beloved mama's mysterious disappearance, and 2). his desire to kiss boys, namely hunky country boy Dylan Math...
  • Melissa Chambers
    Jul 22, 2018
    The Whispers is a sweet and tender story that takes place in small town South Carolina. While the plot is rich and layered, you'll find yourself getting lost in the everyday-ness of life in the country with gems like Riley's grandma's 5-4-3-2-1 fruit salad, "country neighbors", and the...
  • Adam Sass
    Dec 22, 2018
    This story is not just a wonderful, sweet, moody mystery, it's also one of the rarest examples I've ever read of taking the point of view of a gay person at the moment they're starting to understand who they are. At 11 years old, Riley is dealing with not just the sudden disappearance ...
  • Lace
    Feb 04, 2019
    3.5/5 stars. The Whispers is a middle grade story of a boy trying to find out what happened to his mother after she disappeared, four months prior. He takes cues from a story his mother used to tell him, about little fairies called Whispers that will give you your greatest wish in e...
  • Ren
    Feb 17, 2019
    Rated 3.5 Stars: I was hesitant and nervous to read this book because it had some mixed reviews, the mixed referring to some bad things happening to children.. They weren't wrong, there were a couple. One implied. This is not a book that has real magic as implied by the overall introd...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 05, 2019
    I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet magical tale that made me love the main character. We are introduced to Riley at the very beginning and dive into his life. He is dealing with the mysterious disappearance of his mom, his sudden habit of waiting the bed that only came after his mo...
  • Heather Hughes
    Jan 16, 2019
    I?d like to thank Penguin Random House for including me in the blog tour for Greg?s new release. My review is completely honest. Riley is a little boy that believes in magic, especially the Whispers. They are fairies that will grant wishes, just as long as you leave tributes. Na...
  • Jessica Calla
    Jan 09, 2019
    This was a beautifully written, middle grade novel that made me smile throughout, but sob cry at the end. Riley is determined to solve the mystery surrounding his beloved mother?s disappearance, and turns to the Whispers for help. Mr. Howard takes the reader along with Riley through ...
  • a big nerd
    Mar 20, 2019
    ** I received a review copy of The Whispers as a courtesy of the publisher. This has not affected my rating or review of the novel. ** Let me preface this review by saying that I do not regularly read middle-grade novels. I?m more of a fan of YA and classic literature, so this is ...
  • Bryant
    Jan 08, 2019
    I received an advance copy of this book and I wasn't sure I'd be able to get into since it's middle grade. I absolutely loved Social Intercourse, primarily because Greg didn't hold anything back making it as realistic as possible. Obviously I wasn't expecting the same kinda content in ...
  • Tristan van Huizen
    Feb 06, 2019
    And now, my love, it?s time to say goodbye Though I promise you are not alone Through wind and through rain and stormy nights My voice will always guide you home The Whispers was zo?n mooi verhaal. Ik vind het echt lastig om erover te schrijven maar het heeft me zo erg geraak...
  • Beck
    Nov 12, 2018
    This was such a sad story, about a boy called Riley who, being unable to accepts his mothers passing, creates a fantasy that she has been taken by a Hobgoblin and the Whispers can help him find her. This was a well written story that moved between fantasy and real life. The reason I...
  • James Brandon
    Jan 08, 2019
    A beautiful MG novel about magic and grief and self-discovery for all ages. It?s a page-turning journey I couldn?t put down, a thrill-ride to the soul. Gorgeously written, full of depth and wit, I easily saw myself scattered in bits of Riley through the pages. This is a story I wis...
  • Sammy  E. T.
    Jan 15, 2019
    I will defintly give it a try. ...
  • WhatBookNext .com
    Jan 22, 2019
    Riley loves his faithful old dog Tucker, his favourite TV show, Criminal Investigation Division: Chicago, and most of all his Mama. Mama laughs with him, shows him all the wonder in the world, and teaches him a new word every day. But Tucker has been off his food lately, and the loc...
  • Julie
    Feb 01, 2019
    This was a beautifully written story. Yes, it's written for younger audiences, but adults can appreciate it, too. If you were a fan of Bridge to Terabithia, you will enjoy this book. ...
  • Thompson McLeod
    Jan 19, 2019
    Heartfelt, beautiful, mesmerizing and a tale that will captivate readers! The Whispers is this year's must read for young readers, teachers, parents, everyone! It is that middle grade book readers will remember long after finishing it. Riley is ten when his mother disappe...