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The Heroic Journey of a Girl and a Red Ape

On the day of her eleventh birthday, Nyxie's mother made her promise to never speak again. And with that, her mother disappeared from her life. Handed over to an aunt and uncle she barely knew, Nyxie reluctantly learns to get around not speaking by using American Sign Language. She never imagined that knowing sign language would get her involved in aiding a young male orangutan's escape from the zoo to search for his mother in the faraway rainforest of Sumatra. Their journey to Indonesia is an epic battle against natural elements and enemies, perhaps supernatural ones as well. Can Nyxie and the young orangutan survive the rage of sea storms, the plundering of pirates, or the hunger of predators? Will they ever discover the birthplace of all orangutans, Cloud Mountain? Or learn the real identity of those who called themselves the Paladins? Tag along with Nyxie and the young orang on their heroic journey of nine thousand miles to find his mother.



Escape From Silence is a terrific young adult novel - original, insightful, smartly written.  A movie version could make a heck of a thrill ride!"

-Barry Kemp, Producer
Catch Me If You Can, Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Patch Adams, Escape From Silence??

“Buckle up for a terrific ride. Escape From Silence is everything a great adventure story should be. A big, bold page turner with unforgettable characters and more twists than a rollercoaster. Kim LeMasters has created a whole new world.” 

-Jonathan Shapiro
Emmy Winner, Peabody and Humanitas Award Winner 

Escape from Silence is a rip roaring thrill ride of a novel. It is also charming, intelligent, heartwarming and funny. This is the kind of book you give to someone you love.”

-Don Reo, Writer/Producer
Blossom, My Wife and Kids, 2 time Emmy nominee


Escape from Silence: The Heroic Journey of a Girl and a Red Ape


Kim LeMasters


My father was a decorated bomber pilot out of World War Two. He was a man who I thought could do anything. He died when I was thirteen. My mom packed up my sister, brother and me, left Chicago and returned to her roots in Southern California. I stumbled through high school and, surprisingly, went on to graduate from UCLA. By the kind efforts of Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews, I ended up working in Hollywood. I wrote, produced and directed many episodes of television and numerous films. My executive career culminated being named president of CBS Television. I'm also a pilot, a woodworker, a welder, a writer, a car fanatic and a fierce defender of the environment and animals. This adventure novel is an idea that has incubated with me for thirty years. I finally wrote it at the urging of my junior high school teacher from Chicago. I often wonder if I have, unconsciously, tried to mirror my father.



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