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All He Knew

By: Helen Frost

Henry has been deaf from an early age—he is intelligent, aware of language, but by age seven, he was considered unteachable. With his impoverished family, including older sister Molly, feeling powerless to help him, Henry is sent to Riverview, a mental institution where he is misunderstood, underestimated, and treated without mercy.

Victor is a conscientious objector to the war, sent to Riverview instead of to battle. And to him, Henry is far from unteachable. As their friendship grows, Henry learns—to trust, to keep his family and friends close, and ultimately, to believe in the enduring power of human kindness.

This is Helen Frost's eleventh novel in verse.

Notes on form and characters. Author’s note. Poems about the real person who inspired the main character.

ISBN: 9780374312992

JLG Release: Oct 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Child Abuse , Discrimination: Disability

Novels in verse , Inmates of institutions , Deafness , People with disabilities , Conscientious objectors , World War II (1939–1945) , Family life

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Book Details



First Release

October 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 4;

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Print Book


Hardcover edition


Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Child Abuse , Discrimination: Disability


Novels in verse, Inmates of institutions, Deafness, People with disabilities, Conscientious objectors, World War II (1939–1945), Family life,

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