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A powerful, extraordinary story from the bestselling author of ‘A Dog Called Homeless’.

A secret from the deep...
Hannah's granddad loves telling stories from his past, but there's one that he can't remember ... one that Hannah knows is important.
When a whale appears off the coast, clues to Grandad's secret begin to surface. Hannah is determined to solve the mystery and, as...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Harper Collins
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Di Turner
A well written book about the special relationship between a girl and her Grandad who ends up in a care home with Alzheimer's disease. Before he has a stroke and ends up in the care home he wants her to remember a date, and she thinks it has something to do with a whale. So the book is really about her journey to try and make him remember her, and what he was going to tell her on that date.

I read this book to my girls, they found it a little upsetting as it was their first exposure to Alzheimer'...more
Becky
I am a big fan of Sarah Lean's books. She really gets into the feelings of the main character.

This time with Hannah's grandfather getting increasingly incapable through Alzheimer's she is trying to work out why he wanted her to remember a certain date and why he talked about a whale? The answers may be found on the island in the bay that her sister is volunteering on for the summer.

With the day he mentioned approaching fast she must find help in the strangest of places and from unusual people. H...more
Tinyde
This was a great book, although written for younger ages I quite enjoyed it. I would defiantly recommend to anyone and everyone. It captivated me and it was truly magical.
Sarah (blissbubbley)
This is yet another beautiful book by Sarah Lean, this one deals with a very sensitive issue but in a way that still brings hope and also shows the love between a family at such times. Having lost someone close to me with Alzheimer’s this made me cry a lot but more because it’s such a shattering disease and even adults struggle to explain it let alone a child having to see someone they love go through it.

This is beautifully handled by Sarah Lean and I will be sure to look out for more books from...more
Pam Butterfield
enjoyed this book .good luck with your writing will watch out for your books won it from goodreads
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Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a page-planner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.
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