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” for him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?Blurb from Lynne Kelly’s author site
I bought this book because of the gorgeous front cover. There, I said it. I wish I had stumbled across it for a less shallow reason, but the truth is – I saw the whale, so beautiful, and thought that spending some time with such a magnificent creature was likely to be time well spent.
The thing is, this book is much more than that. SO MUCH MORE.
It’s Iris’ story, told through her eyes. In sharing it with her, I gained an insight into a world that was alien to me. It is the story of a deaf girl, lonely and unheard, who is trying to connect with the world. She finds a kindred spirit, in the shape of a whale and his song.
I was able to grasp a sense of Iris’ quiet world; sometimes it was peaceful. But I also experienced the frustration, even anger – and somehow it was loud. I was able to empathise with Iris, and it truly felt like an honour.
Everything about this book is magical; it’s both heart-warming and poignant, and highly HIGHLY recommended.
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