Unspoken   -     By: Angela Hunt
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A regular Dr. Dolittle, Glee Granger adores animals. For the past eight years she's taught and loved a young gorilla named Sema. Now the zoo that owns the creature wants custody, and Glee must surrender Sema to a captive environment. But this will change both their lives in unspeakable ways . . . won't it? 336 pages, softcover from WestBow.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 0849944821
ISBN-13: 9780849944826
UPC: 023755023063
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Publisher's Description

A love unlike any other...a story of sacrifice and the unspoken connections that bring us together.

For the last eight years, Glee Granger has centered her life around Sema--they live together, play together, eat together, and "talk" together. Though Sema isn't the first gorilla to use sign language, Glee has pushed their interaction to breakthrough levels. Technically, however, Sema isn't hers. She belongs to the zoo where she was born--and the zoo wants its gorilla back. Glee's only option for continuing her work is to join the zoo staff. At first reluctant, Glee begins to see real possibilites in their new arrangement...until the unthinkable happens. One event overturns everything Glee thought she knew about humans and animals, the seen and the unseen, the spoken...and the unspoken.

She taught a gorilla to talk. Now can Glee learn to listen?

Author Bio

Christy Award winner Angela Hunt writes stories for everyone who enjoys the unexpected. She is the best-selling author of Uncharted, The Debt, The Note, The Pearl, and many more.

Publisher's Weekly

What can animals tell us about God? Do animals have souls? The prolific Hunt (author of more than 100 books) offers a compelling story that asks both questions. Sema is a 250-pound western lowland gorilla referred to as "my girl" by 30-year-old Glee Granger, who has raised Sema from a newborn at her home away from the zoo. Glee teaches Sema sign language and hopes to show her how to read, proving that gorillas can assimilate abstract concepts and use their imaginations. Sema's talents cause the director of the Thousand Oaks Zoo in Clearwater, Fla., to demand her return so he can exploit her abilities to help fund zoo projects. Helping Sema's assimilation into the gorilla habitat is "by-the-book" Brad Fielding, a potential romantic interest for Glee. Hunt knows how to craft believable, interesting characters, and readers will find themselves drawn to the lovable Sema, the conflicted Glee and Glee's scripture-spouting "Nana," the proprietor of a Florida motel. The tension accelerates after a near-death trauma, when Sema begins signing to the nonreligious Glee about a "shiny man" who offers insights about God. Hunt handles this unusual and potentially touchy plot development adeptly. The ending may seem abrupt, but the Christy Award-winning Hunt will please many of her faith fiction fans as well as animal lovers with this poignant tale. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.


Glee has raised a young gorilla named Sema from birth using the research of others who worked with gorillas, teaching them to communicate with humans, and has taken it to a higher level. When Glee is in the middle of some exciting breakthroughs, the zoo that owns Sema and has been loaning her to Glee, wants her back.

The new zoo director sees only that Sema is an attraction. They offer Glee a job at the zoo, putting Sema on public display. Glee is furious but has no choice. She can take the job or lose Sema who is as beloved to her as a child. The job interferes with Sema’s best interests at every turn--or at least that’s the way Glee sees it. On top of everyting, Fielding, the head of the gorilla exhibit, is a man Glee humiliated years before when his rigid rules nearly cost Sema her life. He is also a man she once thought she could love.

Unspoken is the second book by Angela Hunt I’ve read recently. The thing that springs to my mind is, Hunt is just unusually talented. It’s not the subject matter that catches you. It’s Hunt’s way of bringing the reader into the lives of her characters. Simply put, Hunt makes you care. I believe the woman could write about anything from the first man on the moon to a civil war romance to a text book and she’d make you care. Glee is passionate and strong willed. Her investment in Sema’s life is self-sacrificing until it’s an obsession. She is also capable of suspicion and jealousy, as well as being undeniably brilliant.

Fielding cares deeply about gorillas. He is pressured by Glee on one side and the zoo director on the other. His life is a balancing act which he doesn’t always hit just right. Any slips on his part are immediately viewed in the worst light by Glee, even while she’s remembering why she once cared for him.

The sum of the parts of this book simply adds up to more than the whole. The unexpected twists are too surprising to even hint at in this review because watching them unfold is so key to the enjoyment of the book.

Expect an engrossing, challenging journey through the pages of Unspoken, all while being pulled along on a fast ride through unlikely terrain. Absolutely excellent. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 23, 2006
    This book was definitely a good read with a unique story. I assumed that a book about gorillas would be somewhat cheesy, but Hunt kept the story interesting and didnt center the entire thing on the gorillas. One of the aspects of the book that I enjoyed was the fact that the characters were realistically written. Many Christian books portray women as being beautiful and flawless. Hunt describes Glee as being a stubborn person who usually looks disheveled. Most of the book illustrates her growth as an individual. The only problem I had with the book was the lack of development at the end. Although the end was satisfying, the last portion of the book seemed a bit rushed.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 23, 2005
    I am currently studying Anthropology at college and when I heard about the nature of this book I simply had to check it out myself. Hunt has most definitely done her research for this book. She blended perfectly all aspects of a "talking gorilla" specifically citing many things that have been proven in past studies. Hunt truly takes us to another form of thought as she shows the existence of God in all His creatures.
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