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Song for a Whale (Large Print / Paperback)

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A voice unheard grates against the soul of the universe. Twelve-year old Iris knows this well. Iris is a tech wizard, the only deaf kid in her school, and the only deaf member of her immediate family, but the constant struggle to be understood wears heavily on her. When she discovers the existence of Blue 55, a real whale unable to communicate with other whales, she becomes determined to invent a song and play it for the lonely whale so that he will know he is not alone. A great adventure mixed with a healthy dose of cetology and a powerful, funny story about isolation and the sometimes unexpected ways we can overcome it.

— Linda

Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List


“A great book about the importance of community, understanding, and the spirit of adventure, Song for a Whale follows a young deaf girl whose curiosity is piqued by the story of a whale that is singularly unable to communicate with other whales. As the only deaf member in a hearing family, Iris immediately recognizes the severe loneliness of this situation, and her surge of empathy leads her to embark on a quest of growth and catharsis. There are myriad reasons why it is wonderful to meet a deaf heroine in young adult literature, but more than that, Iris is a wholly delightful character: a whiz-kid who digs electronics, who has a hot temper, who loves her grandmother, and who is vastly more than her inability to hear. I hope other readers enjoy meeting her as much as I did.”
— Amy Van Keuren, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

About the Author


Lynne Kelly has always loved reading, but while working as a special education teacher, she fell in love with children's literature all over again. She lives in Houston, Texas, and works as a sign language interpreter while writing books for kids. Her first book, Chained, was a South Asia Book Award Honor and Crystal Kite Award winner. Song for a Whale is her second novel. Find her online at http: //lynnekellybooks.com/wordpress and on Twitter at @LynneKelly.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432882181
ISBN-10: 143288218X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Striving Reader
Publication Date: September 30th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English