- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2019)
- Order here!
In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl’s connection to a whale whose song can’t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.
From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. If you’ve ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.
When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?
Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.
If you want a feel good book Song for a Whale is for you!
With wonderful characters named Iris and a whale named Blue 55, you couldn’t help but fall in love with the story. Iris is deaf and she finds it hard to be herself among hearing kids. Blue 55 can’t speak to other whales of his kind, they just don’t seem to hear him. Both come together in this special story.
It was nice to see a disabled kid as the main character. Iris was strong but struggled to be herself among people who don’t understand her. It was Blue 55 that gave her something that she felt only she could do…find his song and speak directly to him.
I just couldn’t put this book down and highly recommend it. I could picture Iris signing and Blue 55 swimming through the ocean. I love the fact that there were chapters in the book in Blue 55’s perspective. You felt his loneliness seeking someone to communicate with. What a wonderful job Kelly did on Iris’s struggle speaking with others. You felt the disheartening sadness as she tried but through all the emotions you felt in this book the ending brings you pure joy.