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Song for a Whale

  • Lynne Kelly
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143288218X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432882181
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 356 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020

About

Overview

A Schneider Family Book Award Winner
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

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.

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 800L

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“A quick-moving, suspenseful plot takes her from junkyards to a cruise ship as she [Iris] gains the confidence to stand up for herself and take control of her life. Written by a sign-language interpreter, this story incorporates important elements of Deaf culture and the expansiveness and richness of ASL . . . this remains a satisfying, energetic read. Iris' adventures will engross readers.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“The strength of the book is its strong portrayal of Iris as a deaf girl in a hearing world and an intelligent 12-year-old in headlong, single-minded pursuit of her goal.”

— Booklist

“Subtly and poignantly drawing a parallel between the girl and whale, Kelly (Chained), who has worked as a sign language interpreter, relays Iris’s venture with credibility and urgency. This finely crafted novel affectingly illuminates issues of loneliness, belonging, and the power of communication.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Iris’s depth of empathy, the joy she feels working with radios, and the skillful way she navigates two different worlds of communication create an authenticity that will resonate with Deaf and hearing readers alike . . . An uplifting tale that’s a solid addition to most collections; especially recommended for libraries needing stronger representation of Deaf protagonists.”

— School Library Journal