Monday, February 4, 2019

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday (#MMGM) Book Review: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Publication Date: Feb. 5th, 2019

From the Publisher: 

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—the loneliest whale in the world. Saddened by the animal's inability to speak to other whales, Iris uses her tech skills to come up with a plan communicate with Blue 55.

One small problem: the whale is swimming off the coast of Alaska, nearly 3,000 miles from her Texas home. But, nothing stops Iris, and with her Deaf grandmother by her side, she sets out on a road trip to meet the whale and make sure he's finally heard.

My Thoughts:

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. There were a few moments (the horrible teacher in the beginning) that were a slight hiccup for me, but overall this is one of the best middle-grade books I've read in a while.

A must read this year I would say--be ready for this story to stick with you long after you finish the book. A great classroom read, too.

Plus, extra points for this awesome cover...

**ARC provided by publisher**

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Extra note: **Greg is the winner--contest ended**for U.S. readers (postage overseas is just too high...) comment here and I'll draw one name to mail my advanced copy of Song for a Whale..!


  1. This book is on my must read list. I also want to learn more about deafness and I'm a science geek so this book sounds exciting to read for me. Thanks for sharing your copy with a lucky reader.

  2. I'd heard of the book but your review provided the depth I needed. Definitely high on my list to read soon. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Always looking for books about teens who are deaf or have hearing impairments and where aids, like my daughter. First of all, the cover won me over immediately. This story has a lot of heart and depth. I will be reading this one! Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I did not know about this book! So thanks for sharing it... I am putting it on my "to read" list for sure.

  5. I have heard of this book and am really interested in reading it soon. Wonderful review. Thanks for the post.

  6. It's so great to see your blog on the MMGM list this week, Fleur. Welcome. I enjoyed this thoughtful post. I love to read books where I learn something. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Sounds like a great story, especially with the science link. Welcome to our group. I'll let someone else win. I have a lot of book on reserve at the library right now.

  8. This sounds like a fabulous book. Thanks for putting it on my radar. Great review!

  9. Thanks for all the comments, guys! I'm checking out all the other MMGM reviews today...

  10. Fleur, thanks for spotlighting this book. It does sound like a charming and delightful book.


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