Review of Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

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Reviewed by: Lyla Warne, age 11

What they say: 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 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?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.

What we say: “Song for a Whale is a story about a 12 year old girl, Iris, who is a the only deaf person in her school, and a whale, Blue 55, whose song is different to the other whales so he is unable to communicate.  Iris sets out to help the whale.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a very touching story, and I loved the character Iris. Her classmates don’t always understand her and so she feels sympathy and can relate to the whale. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. The story shows that even if you’re not perfect you can still do great things in life. I would recommend this book to children 9+ years as some of the words are a little tricky.”


Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly is available now from many high street bookstores and online from Amazon.

We were sent a copy of Song For A Whale to review, however all comments and opinions are our own.

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