Song for a Whale

Song for a Whale

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish 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 h In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connecti...

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Title:Song for a Whale
Author:Lynne Kelly
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:152477023X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

Song for a Whale Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Mar 09, 2019
    4-1/2 stars In most ways I loved this book but I couldn?t quite give it 5 stars because of the point of view of the whale/other whales too. I couldn?t quite suspend disbelief and all the way through, once I hit page 76, I was eager to read the author?s notes at the end. While...
  • Laura Gardner
    Jun 22, 2019
    ?????/5 for Song for a Whale by @lynnekelly . ? ? When Iris learns that Blue 55, a hybrid whale who sings on a different frequency from other whales, can't communicate with other whales, she instantly understands what that's like. Iris is Deaf, but her parents and ...
  • vanessa
    Mar 02, 2019
    I enjoyed the characters a lot - they have depth and we see sweet moments. I think my main issue is that I found it hard to suspend disbelief that this could really happen. This is a realistic story with a bit of a surreal element (including the POV of a whale that feels). I liked the ...
  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    Apr 18, 2019
    Song of the Whale was a cute book about a young deaf girl who is having a hard time fitting in at her hearing school. Then, one day a teacher tells her class about Blue 55 a whale who is a hybrid and no other whale can understand his song, so he is very lonely. Iris is good with ele...
  • Sarah
    Mar 30, 2019
    *Review is of an advanced reader copy It's not you, Song for a Whale, it's me. There is much to like about this book. The featured character, Iris, is a headstrong, resourceful, determined kid. Readers learn a lot about electronics, whale migration, planets, and sound. Although Iris...
  • Misty
    Mar 23, 2019
    I feel like I've been talking a lot lately about craving middle grade, and how good and underappreciated middle grade is. I came across a thread on Twitter a few days ago about why people like YA ? and making a distinction between adult and YA ? because it generally deals with seri...
  • Sara Grochowski
    Jun 09, 2018
    Lynne Kelly?s SONG FOR A WHALE is a stunning, emotionally resonant look inside the world of 12-year old Iris, a determined girl whose deafness often leaves her feeling alone and frustrated. Iris?s interactions with her hearing family, friends, and classmates are poignant and truthf...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Oct 24, 2018
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While Iris and one set of her grandparents are Deaf, her parents are not, and her father doesn't even make the effort to learn sign language. Iris has an interest in repairing older radios, and this gives her a nice past time and source of income. Sc...
  • F.T. Bradley
    Jan 25, 2019
    Such a great look into what it means to be Deaf--I learned so much. This book was truly food for thought, and stuck with me long after reading. The science angle gave the book extra depth, and the whale story gave it heart. I really loved Iris, the main character, and her family. Th...
  • Jean Huber
    Feb 10, 2019
    Looking for a book that will inspire you to go out and change the world, make a difference, make tiny changes? Then you have to pick up the new middle grade book by @lynnekkelly Song For A Whale? ?? Thank you so much to @delacortepress for sending me this free Advanced Readers...
  • Jessica
    Feb 05, 2019
    I've written, then deleted, at least four different versions of this review so far. Sometimes you pick up a story and it's so poignant, so important, that it's really hard to write anything resembling a coherent review. That's this book right here. Lynne Kelly has created something mag...
  • Pamela Kramer
    Feb 19, 2019
    ?Song for a Whale? by Lynne Kelly follows her first book, the award-winning novel ?Chained.? Kelly?s writing is as beautiful as ever, and the story just as touching ? and perhaps more accessible to young readers as the setting is in the United States instead of India. It?...
  • Czechgirl
    Feb 21, 2019
    I liked this book. I rooted for Iris. I liked the loneliness similarity that Iris and Blue 55 had. ...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    Feb 27, 2019
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction This is one of those books that takes you into the heart and mind of a character whose experiences you might not be able to completely relate to?and you come out all the richer for it in the end. The...
  • Missy
    Feb 23, 2019
    "What was a whale without a pod? What was a whale without a whale song?" Who are we without our families, our communities, the people we connect to? The story of Iris, a 12-year-old who is deaf, and Blue 55, an unusual whale with a song that is unintelligible to other whales, focus...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    May 21, 2019
    As a former American Sign Language/English Interpreter, I get very excited when I see a book about Deaf culture and ASL. This is one of those times. With Song For A Whale, Lynne Kelly, an ASL/English Interpreter herself, has written a touching, entertaining and informative coming-of-ag...
  • Carina Olsen
    Dec 20, 2018
    When I first heard about this one I knew I had to read it. Because that cover is all kinds of stunning. And the story seemed amazing too. I do not think I have ever read a book about a deaf girl, and I was so excited to finally get to do that. Parts of this book were all kinds of aweso...
  • Trisha
    Apr 06, 2019
    Great story. Review to come. ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Jan 11, 2019
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I liked this book quite a lot. I don't read middle-grade books very often but I think that may be something that I really need to change. I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it and while that may due in part to th...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Jan 16, 2019
    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly Random House Children's Delacorte Books for Young Readers Children's Fiction Pub Date 05 Feb 2019 I am reviewing a copy of Song For A Whale through Random House Children?s and Netgalley: Iris I a twelve year old tech genius, able t...
  • Olivia Farr
    Apr 24, 2019
    See my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfic... SONG FOR A WHALE is a heart-warming middle grade story about being different and finding your place. Iris is deaf, and she goes to a public school where she is the only one who speaks American Sign Language (ASL). Wel...
  • Sionna
    Feb 05, 2019
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I don't read much middle grade, but it is something I'm trying to change this year. Anyhow, I went into this novel thinking I wouldn't love it and I've have to change my expectations-- keep...
  • Val
    Feb 13, 2019
    I'm grateful for having won this enchanting ARC in a GR giveaway from Random House. In Song for a Whale Iris, who was born Deaf, finds out about a whale that is unable to communicate with other whales. The lonely whale awakens something in Iris, and she?s determined to show him t...
  • USOM
    Dec 04, 2018
    Song for a Whale is an adorable middle grade about Iris, a deaf girl, her family, and a whale. The author's experience as a sign language interpreter lends authenticity to the narrative. I can't speak to the deaf representation in the book, but Iris struggles not only with her dad who ...
  • Lana
    May 12, 2019
    Song For a Whale was such a wonderful story to read. I have always loved whales and being near the ocean. This story brought me just a bit closer through a 12 year-old girl named Iris. Iris is deaf and hardly has any friends at her school. She goes through most of her day alone and not...
  • Samantha Solarz
    Apr 13, 2019
    First, what a beautiful cover! I know we're not supposed to do that but it's stunning. Second, thank you for producing a story that is so passionate. I've not read a book where the main protagonist is deaf, which is what drew me in actually. Iris, is shown a documentary about the l...
  • Phil Jensen
    Jun 30, 2019
    Notes on chapters 1-6 Iris is a moderately unhappy Deaf girl. She does not fit in at school, and her grandfather is recently deceased. She compares herself to an isolated whale that she reads about in Science class. This is a respectable, well-executed book. I might have finished...
  • Dana
    Apr 15, 2019
    Iris is a twelve-year-old deaf girl who goes to a regular school. She has a hard time feeling like she belongs and has a voice of her own when everyone else can?t understand her sign language and she can?t hear what people are saying. So, when she learns about Blue 55, a whale that...
  • Heather Moore
    May 11, 2019
    A heck of an enjoyable read for me, even if it did feel very reminiscent of The Thing About Jellyfish. I loved that it came from the perspective of a deaf person living in both the hearing world and the deaf community ? it definitely made me consider things that I hadn?t before. Th...
  • Nicole Wagner
    Jan 30, 2019
    I would have loved this book so deeply at eleven or twelve years old. This book is so good, though, in that I loved it and learned a lot from it at thirty three years old. Inclusion is an amazing thing. When done richly and with context and without tokenizing, it can bring together ...