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White Dolphin

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  928 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Frustrated at school and haunted by her mother's disappearance, Kara only feels truly alive when she is sailing the ocean's waves. But when she and Felix make a startling discovery on the beach, it sets in motion a dramatic chain of events. And soon they must make an impossible choice. Risk their own lives or face losing everything ..
Paperback, 265 pages
Published May 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 19th 2012)
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Jul 15, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kara is from in a small fishing village on the coast. Everything in her life revolves around the sea. Her mom, a marine biologist has been missing since she went to protect dolphins being captured for aquariums and sea parks. Her dad is struggling to pay the bills and because of this Kara is about to lose everything left that she cares about, Moana their sailboat. Enter Felix, a Londoner who has CP and is resentful about being forced to leave his friends for a small town of nothing. Sailing migh ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Tjala rated it really liked it
Although this book is clearly written for younger children than me, it still tackles complex issues such as overfishing and death that are not normally covered by children’s writers, but is written in such a perfect and simple way that it is easy to understand and is very readable for people of all ages.
Gill Lewis writes in a similar style to Michael Morpurgo, one of my favourite children’s authors that tackle a range of themes, and though both of Gill Lewis’ books are based on wildlife, more th
Carla Hanna
Sep 17, 2013 Carla Hanna rated it really liked it
My 4th grade daughter started White Dolphin and shelved it, saying that she didn't like the narrator. But several mothers said the book was amazing so I read it.

I understand where my 9-year-old could not connect with the protagonist: a lonely girl lost her mother, she and her father experience financial hardship, he sells an important symbol of the family unit, fishermen destroy the sea floor and kill symbolic life, and the girl and her friend overcome social and physical challenges to save the
Jan 25, 2017 Peyton rated it really liked it
Very nice. I enjoyed it, and the conflict was very realistic.
Sep 24, 2016 Hannah added it
This book was full of adventure, but not just physically. After an albino dolphin gets caught in a fishing net and is struggling to live, Kara realizes she has to fight for what's right and vows to save the reef. Soon, after an almost claimed victory over Dougie Evans, a fisherman who doesn't care about wildlife, an unexpected catastrophe happens. The entire time I was reading this book, I was either shaking from nerves, trembling from fear, sobbing from sadness, or laughing from happiness. I to ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Gill Lewis draws on her own expertise as a vet to create a powerful, engaging story which blends the wondrous elements of marine life with a tale of friendship and lessons in making the right choices in life.

Narrated in the present tense by young Kara, there is a distinct feeling of urgency as Kara and her friend Felix battle to save the life of a stranded dolphin as well as trying to preserve the local reef which has been damaged by overfishing. As well as environmental issues there are insight
kara lives in an english coastal town. the fishermen's livelihood is threatened by diminishing numbers, and kara and her dad find themselves strapped for money. her father sells their boat, moana, in an effort to make ends meet.

while swimming out at sea, kara sees a white dolphin. this dolphin becomes a symbol of change for kara and when the baby gets caught in fishing net, kara is forced to take a stand for what is right.

this is the summer of kara's many epiphanies: her prodigal mother may neve
Jodie Greene
Apr 12, 2014 Jodie Greene rated it really liked it
This is a contemporary realistic fiction about a young girl, Kara with dylexia, whose mother has disappeared on an expedition at sea and has never been found. Kara and a boy who has cerebral palsy embark on a quest to find out what happened to Kara’s mother and to save the town’s reef bay from destruction by dredgers. In her journey to find answers Kara learns she needs to move on without her mother.

I would recommend this book for grades 4-6. This book has environment themes that could connect w
Jun 20, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 9yo daughter read this and loved it. She couldn't wait for me to read it so we could talk about it. It's a fantastic read for this age, opening up doors to talk about a plethora of subjects, from bullying to unconditional love. I truly enjoyed it!
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Apr 14, 2015 Hall_16 rated it it was amazing
Great childrens book!!! Really touching story
Aug 13, 2013 Suha rated it did not like it
I didn't like it that much to be honest. that is all that I have to say.
Cassidy Frieling
Oct 02, 2016 Cassidy Frieling rated it it was amazing
Cassidy Frieling
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White Dolphin is a amazing children's book by Gill Lewis. The book is created for the group of 11 years and older so the teen category. Prices for the book range from six dollars to 15 dollars depending on if you want a hardcover or paperback. White Dolphin was published May 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA. White Dolphin is a a easy read and consists of 300 pages. It the placed near the ocean and is a lot about marine animals and sa
Apr 10, 2013 Devin added it

Kara is the main focus of this book, she is young but is stubborn as a mule. Her Dad, Jim is trying to keep a job at the Merry Mermaid until the end of summer when it closes he is just trying to keep things simple & trying to keep his daughter safe. They are living with Kara's Dad's Sister, Bev along with her bun in the oven, her daughter Daisy & husband Tom. This story takes place in the schoolyard, Kara
Rachel G
May 12, 2014 Rachel G rated it it was amazing
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I would give the book White Dolphin by Gill Lewis a five star rating because this was a well written, powerful story about a young girl named Kara who shows fierce bravery, and courage when faced with the disappearance of her mother. Kara’s mother has disappeared on a dolphin expedition, but Kara’s determination helps her to discover the truth about her mom and help her protect the nearby reef, and the dolphins, her mother fought so hard to save.
Kara and her father
Dalmally Primary
Dec 16, 2016 Dalmally Primary rated it really liked it

Gill Lewis

White dolphin is a very good story and it is full of good description and it is about Kara and Felix who at first can’t stand each other but then they have to work togetherin the end. The white dolphin is a sign that Kara’s mother is out there somewhere and why did she disappear they were going to have to work that out for themselves. It is an exciting book and I recommend it to primary 5, 6 and 7 people that love dolphins. This book is really good and I recommend you read
Becky Keir Grace
Kara lives in small fishing village in England. Her mother disappeared over a year ago on a mission to help the dolphins she studied. Kara’s father struggles to make ends meet, and the two live with her aunt and uncle. Kara refuses to believe her mother abandoned her and her father and dreams they will all live together on their little boat, the Moana. Kara struggles with fitting into the school and is tormented by some of the kids, but she does not take it lying down. In fact she breaks a bully ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: My friend, Aliya
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Jun 08, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2014
Kara has a host of problems: school is hard, her mom disappeared while on a scientific mission, her dad is having a tough time making ends meet, and the school bully is the son of the town bully. When a baby white dolphin is injured, Kara finds a way to protect and feed the dolphin in a shallow cove. After the dolphin is freed, local fishermen agree to a fishing ban on the reef. The town bully and other fishermen dredge the reef for scallops, destroying the coral and accidentally killing the whi ...more
While Kara Wood waits for her long-missing scientist mother to return home, she deals--not very well--with bullying from Jake Evans, son of an influential fisherman in her small seaside town. She spends a lot of time running, running in anger, running to escape reality, and running so she doesn't have to face the consequences of her actions. Surprisingly, she and new boy Felix bond over his new love for sailing and their determination to save a white dolphin trapped in nets and washed to shore. ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
If you like Morpurgo you will like Gill Lewis as she writes in a similar vein.This is the second book I have read from this author and it was no surprise to find in the notes at the back of the book she is a vet, she draws on her experience of animals and her love of travelling for her books. There is also a message in the book, about overfishing of the oceans and how we are killing this planet, but at the same time the human story is involved as she understands the needs of small communities wh ...more
Charlie K.
One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis follows the story of Kara, whose life orbits around the ocean. She lives in the UK, in a small coastal town. Her mother, who went missing, was a marine biologist. Her father is out of work, and is struggling. Kara, who is being bullied at school, fears the fishermen who are planning to rip up the reef. When an albino dolphin calf washes ashore, this fuels Kara’s fire to protect the reef. With the help of a new friend, Felix, Kara embarks on a journey, on which she ...more
Chloe Kuckelman
Apr 17, 2016 Chloe Kuckelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a girl named Kara who lives on the coast where there is a lot of fisherman. When Kara was a little girl, her mom went out on an experiment in the ocean and disappeared. So, now it is just Kara and her father who is a fisherman. Since they do not have a lot of money, they live with Kara's aunt and uncle and little cousin Daisy. Kara and her father have a boat named Moana that they built with her mother and they end up selling it because they need the money. Kara becomes very upset of wha ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not far off 5 stars. This is the story of Kara, a girl who lives with her father, uncle, aunt and cousin with little or no money in a town by the sea. Kara can't accept the fact that her mother is gone, even though she dissapeared more than a year ago. Kara loves the ocean - just like her mother did - and when a local fisherman wants to dredge the sea bed with his trawlers, Kara is determined to stop him. Among all this, a baby albino dolphin washes up on shore, injured severely from a fishing n ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I honestly loved this book so much. It always kept you busy. The beginning was kind of slow but past that it was high energy.
Mar 21, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it

Kara's marine biologist mother has disappeared on a dive. It's been a year. Meanwhile,14-yr-old Kara and her father are barely making ends meet and living with Kara's aunt and uncle. The family lives at a seaside fishing village somewhere on a coast of England.
There's an evil boss of a fishing company that wants to dredge the harbor for clams, something that would ruin the ecosystem and something that Kara cannot bear. She finds an albino dolphin calf on the beach, strangled in fishing line. Sav
Kara is having a terrible year. Her mom has disappeared during a marine research trip. She and her dad are living with her increasingly frustrated Aunt Bev. Dad is dyslexic as is Kara and so school is a struggle. Dad and Kara have a love of the sea and sailing in common. They sail the boat that Dad and Mom built together until Dad really has to sell it to make ends meet. This is huge for Kara, she loves the boat- but it also is the last straw holding out for Mom. It seems that Dad has given up. ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-teen
Gill Lewis tackles real life, big situations without the aid of magical powers! White Dolphin introduces us to Kara who is bullied at school and living in a family struggling to make ends meet following the disappearance of her mother. Gill Lewis explores these issues beautifully and with great compassion, creating a voice in Kara that you instantly connect with. Juxtaposed with this are the eco-issues of marine conservation and the overfishing of our coasts. It falls strongly down on the pro-co ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Yapha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kara is having a rough year. Her mother disappeared a year ago on a trip to help save dolphins. Her father is about to lose his job, and they need to sell their boat to pay their bills. She has been living with her aunt and uncle, but the baby is due any day and then there won't be room for her. Plus, the dredging ban is about to expire and the fishing boats will destroy the reef. Kara has been having dreams about a white dolphin. She is amazed when she actually sees an albino dolphin calf swimm ...more
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