Song for a Whale

Song for a Whale

Twelve-year-old Iris has never let her deafness slow her down. A whiz at fixing electronics, she's always felt at home in the world of wires and vacuum tubes. School, on the other hand, isn't quite as simple. Between her frustrating teacher Ms. Conn and her overly helpful classmate Nina, Iris can't seem to catch a break. But during science class, Iris learns about Blue 55? Twelve-year-old Iris has never let her deafness slow her down. A whiz at fixing electronics, she's always felt at h...

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

Song for a Whale Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Apr 13, 2019
    This is a moving story about a Deaf girl feeling cut off from her peers at her mainstream school who hears about Blue 55, a whale (based on a real whale) who sings at a different Hertz than his fellow blue whales. Written by a longtime sign language interpreter, the story incorporates ...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Feb 14, 2019
    SONG FOR A WHALE tells a sweet story about a Deaf girl who's determined to communicate with an unusual whale, with whom she feels she has a lot in common. As she sets about trying to create a song that might reach Blue 55, she comes to understand her own unique abilities and the power ...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    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...
  • Kimberly Sabatini
    Mar 17, 2019
    Even though the cover of this book is so gorgeous it's hard to stop staring at it, once you begin reading you can't help but fall in love with this book. I adore stories where every thread in the book supports the character arc in a way that is smooth and feels just right--that is what...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michele Knott
    Apr 22, 2019
    So interesting how the author tied in being Deaf and having a passion for an animal. Well done. ...
  • 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...
  • Lynn Plourde
    Feb 25, 2019
    Brilliant! I adored SONG FOR A WHALE--so well written, multi-layered story, three-dimensional characters. The deaf parts of the book were woven seamlessly with the whale parts. It was a gotta-stay-up-til-2:00 am-to finish-it-book. Having worked as a speech therapist with a class of dea...
  • 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 ...
  • Heather Jensen
    Feb 03, 2019
    I fell in love with Iris and Blue 55 right from the beginning. Iris is 12 years old. She is the only deaf student in her school. Blue 55 is a Blue Whale that sings at a frequency that no other way can understand. Iris feels a connection to Blue 55 and finds a way that she feels will al...
  • Theresa Grissom
    Apr 15, 2019
    It's been a while since I read a book so quickly. I absolutely loved Song for a Whale and could not put this down. From page one, I loved the way it was written and the story to go with it. I am excited to share this with the students at school and am sure they will love it as much as ...
  • 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...
  • gypsydreams
    Feb 10, 2019
    A beautiful poignant heart touching story about a young deaf girl trying to find her way in a world where she doesn't quite belong.The character was extremely relatable and I rooted for her every step of her journey to give the world's loneliest whale the song she made just for him so ...
  • 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 ...