To change from a ""Nobody to a Somebody"" is no mean feat, especially when you are the nastlest boy in the seventh grade! Toby Truxton's evolution is oddly sparked by an interest in the school for deaf children, an adjunct of his own Junior High. Given permission by the Principal to help out in that division, on condition that he correct his work habits and control his temper tantrums, Toby becomes immersed in the problems and progress of deaf children. He comes to know and understand the inhabitants of the ""land of silence"" and in the process, his own communication with the world improves. The importance of Toby's well drawn characterization lies not so much in the refreshing appearance of a real boy instead of a martyred goody-goody, but in the benefits he derives from an active give and take relationship. The plot is too fragmented really to jell, though the author's familiarity with handicapped children enables the reader to gain a better understanding of them.