In the spirit of modern day classics likeFish 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 Fascinating, brave, and tendera triumph Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan Beautifully written and such an important story for kids with big struggles in their lives I fell into Iris s world from the first chapter Lynne Kelly does an amazing job telling the story from Iris s perspective Millicent Simmonds, actress, Wonderstruck and A Quiet Place Quick moving, suspensefulthis remains a satisfying, energetic read Iris adventures will engross readersKirkus Reviews This finely crafted novel affectingly illuminates issues of loneliness, belonging, and the power of communication Publishers Weekly Download Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly – heartforum.co.uk
Lynne Kelly writes contemporary middle grade and young adult fiction She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, grew up in Houston, lived in some much colder places, then found her way back to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter For a few years she also taught special education, a good career for someone with excellent organizational and planning skills Lacking those skills, she quit teaching in 2006 and thankfully hastime to write But it was during those teaching years that she worked with some great kids and became interested in writing, so that all worked out Her debut novel, CHAINED, is out now from Macmillan FSG SONG FOR A WHALE is coming in February 2019 from Random House Delacorte.
- 303 pages
- Song for a Whale
- Lynne Kelly
- 14 May 2017 Lynne Kelly