[Song for a Whale] E–book Ä Lynne Kelly
Interesting premise a deaf 12 year old girl learns
OF THE PLIGHT OF A BI SPECIES WHALE WHO the plight of a bi species whale who communicate with others because its song is at a different freuency Iris comes up with a great idea o send a song at 55 dB While Iris is determined o help she is also very self centered and does not seem o care much for anyone else except herself She decides o head Darwin Becomes Art: Aesthetic Vision in the Wake of Darwin: 1870-1920 to Alaska on her owno see he whale eventually eaming "up with her grandmother who is adrift having recently lost her husband " with her grandmother who is adrift having recently lost her husband many years I liked Iris befriending Beyond Effective the daughter ofhe marine biologist "Scientist On The Cruise Ship "on he cruise ship For a Whale was such a wonderful story o read I have always loved whales and being near he ocean This story brought me just a bit closer hrough a 12 year old girl named Iris Iris is deaf and hardly has any friends at her school She goes hrough most of her day alone and not fitting in When she learns about a whale with a uniue song in one of her classes she becomes obsessed with his whaleBlue 55 is a fictional character in Kelly s story but is based off of a real whale named 52 Hertz Blue 55 can communicate with other whales because his song is on a different freuency han other whales This means he ravels alone and is never able o connect with other I feel like I ve been Fully Involved talking a lot lately about craving middle grade and how good and underappreciated middle grade is I came across ahread on Twitter a few days ago about why people like YA and making a distinction between adult and YA because it generally deals with serious issues with sense of hope I Incest Erotica Bundle thinkhis is even The Lumberfox true of middle grade stories and while some mayake a saccharine route many if not most strip issues back From One Night to Wife to an unltimately honest core without sacrificing hope which is no easy feat Lynne Kelly s Song for a Whale is a good example ofhatSong for a Whale hits a lot of right notes succinctly capturing he frustrations and beauties of Iris world layered with a ouch of adventure and coming of age and built on Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students the bones of The story of a deaf girl's connectiono a whale whose song can't be heard by his species and he journey she akes Urania: A Romance to help himFrom fixinghe class computer Children in the Global Sex Trade to repairing old radioswelve year old Iris is a ech gen. Heartfelt family story Iris is a dynamic protagonist realistically flawed "and lovely she s got a hread of irritation and anger in her an understandable chip on her shoulder without "lovely she s got a Wild Mustang thread of irritation and anger in her an understandable chip on her shoulder without falling into any kind of Angry Disabled Personrope She s got a rich well of passions and skills hat flesh her out without falling into any kind of Magically Perfect Disabled Person rope She s well executed and realistic and it makes her easy o root for she s deaf but hat s not all she isIris also makes a great in Belonging tohe stories contained within he book he story
of different deaf people operating in different ways within a hearing world he different deaf people operating in different ways within a hearing world he of a whale who wants The Guardian to be heard and knownhe story of a family grieving and a woman wanting Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things to live again stories of science andechnology and friendship and exploration Iris natural curiosity and spirit provide a good window into Sandpiper Drift theseangled bits of people s lives in a really organic way with Iris always remaining he central focus but not he lone focusReaders will find a story of growth and connection hat is horoughly engaging and easily readable Song for a Whale succeeds in letting in readers who may not be familiar with anyone deaf or hearing impaired without ever using deafness as a gimmick or condescending o he audience The book as a whole is a good example of why middle grade books can be so enduring in our reading lives and make such good ools for developing empathy and curiosityHa This is a bit funny considering he subject of he book is a whale who can hit he right notes I swear I didn plan Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime this as some sort of godawful punnishhing but here we
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