Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Five stars

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?

This was a remarkable book! I absolutely love how the author created a story about a lonely dead girl connecting with a whale. The story was amazing!

It was interesting to read about someone who can’t hear, I confess, I haven’t thought much what it must be like. To not be able to know what things sound like and not be able to communicate with others or join in on conversations. Iris obviously struggled with this, but I loved how she didn’t dwell on those issues, instead focusing on things that she loved. Like her radios, and then Blue 55.

This was an engaging read and I really enjoyed it! I could see myself returning for a reread sometime. I would definitely recommend it!

“So many ways to fail, all right in front of me. But I had to try.”

― Lynne Kelly, Song for a Whale

Your turn!

Do you know ASL? Do you like whales? Have you ever read Song for a Whale?

Blessings, Allyson


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