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The Longest Whale Song

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,746 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Ella's mum is in a deep coma, having just had a new baby. That means Ella has to live with Jack, her hopeless stepfather, and cope with her tiny newborn brother, as well as worrying about Mum. The only thing that's going right is her school project. It's all about whales and how they sing out to each other to attract a mate - sometimes for hours. Maybe a whale song could r ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Yearling (first published 2010)
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Ann Marron
Jul 21, 2011 Ann Marron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant book. Narrated in the first person by Ella, it is the story of a snapshot of her life and how she struggles to cope when her mum falls ill. Ella is left with her stepdad, Jack, who she does not like and refuses to get on with. The issues of family life and bullying are dealt with in a simple yet very efficient manner by Wilson. The one fault I found is that I felt it ended too abruptly, which results in the reader feeling that the story is unfinished. It would have been nice ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Weird book. It actually talks about whales for a total of not even 2 pages. The rest of the story is something completely different, and the role of the whales in it could have been taken by cats, dogs, dolphins, or any other mammal who has a voice and makes sounds.
If the purpose was to get kids interested in whales I think the book does a very poor job because the whales are absolutely marginal to the story line, which involves a girl whose mom is in the hospital, and so all the emotions tied
Lauren Lockyer
Jacqueline Wilson writes books about different things that could happen in a child's life.
Her books are amazing, and what she writes about can happen to any child, so her books are so helpful in this way.
The longest whale song is about a girl named Ella, whose mother is in hospital pregnant, but later falls into a coma.
Ella writes letters to her every week, and visits her in hospital almost every day.
However, since her mum is in hospital, Ella has to live with Jack. Her stepdad, which Ella never
Jan 20, 2014 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
My 10 year old self: This is a great book! It's about a normal, young girls life, but when her mother comes down with a sickness, things are everything but normal. Through the journey, friends are lost and made, bullies make everything bad, a baby brother is delivered into the world, after school club takes place, and a whale project is made.
Jan 20, 2016 Batul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: نوجوان
بد نبود. داستانش خوب بود و مناسب بچه های اوایل دوره نوجوانی، شاید از 9 تا 13 سال. خصوصا اگه مشکلات خانوادگی مثلا جدایی والدین یا بیماری اونها رو داشته باشن. البته خب شاید از نظر یه بچه تو اون سن حجمش زیاد به نظر بیاد ولی در واقع حجمش کمتره و به خاطر قطعی که افق انتخاب کرده برای کتابهای نوجوانش تعداد صفحه هاش زیاد شده. من سه چهار ساعته خوندمش. و اینکه خیلی برای افق زشته که این همه کتابشون غلط تایپی داره :-/
May 15, 2016 Elaheh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همهی کتابهایی که تا حالا از جکلین ویلسون خوندم عالی بودن. موضوعاتی که انتخاب میکنه واقعا خوبن و نحوهی پرداختنش داستان رو خیلی بهتر میکنه. اینکه شخصیت اول همهی کتابها دخترهای نوجوان هستند خیلی برام جذابه. یادمه وقتی که خودم نوجوان بودم دوست داشتم کتابی پیدا کنم که قهرمانش شبیه من باشه و هیچ کتابی نبود که حتی قهرمانش همسن من باشه. یا پسر بودن یا بزرگسال بودن. ازینکه الان چنین کتابهایی برای نوجوانها هست خیلی خوشحالم.
کتاب به شدت جذابه. اول شخصه و احساسات یه نوجوون رو خیلی روون بیان میکنه. جا داره از
Dec 23, 2010 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading it and think it is amazing! I love how Jacqueline has set it out, I think its perfect and would reccomend it to anyone!!
Hannah ♡
Apr 12, 2016 Hannah ♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-sad
Still remember a chubbier version of myself crying my heart out reading this book.
Apr 18, 2016 Shahrun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really like this book and think that it has a very nice storyline to it. It is about a girl named Ella who's mum just had a baby boy but she is now in a coma. Ella has to cope with her step dad Jack and her baby half-brother Samson. She really likes whales and is doing a project about them. Things happen at school like her best friend going of with someone else. In the end the mum finally wakes up and they are all happy again.

My favorite character is Ella because she copes with everything goin
Rebecca Stonehill
Sep 13, 2014 Rebecca Stonehill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could do halves, I would give this book 4 and a half stars. The book is about a girl who's mum is having a baby and the labour doesn't work out that well so she has to go to hospital and ends up staying there for ages. The girl keeps sending her letters and once, she sends a letter all about whales and she wrote 'Did you know mum that the longest song ever sung (by a whale) went up to twenty-three hours!

(Review by Maya, age 8, Rebecca's daughter)
Oy, my heart.

This is a beautiful, highly emotional middle-grade story about a girl whose mother slips into a coma while giving birth to her half-brother. Suddenly this girl, Ella, must cope with the absence and illness of her mother, a new baby brother, and being under the primary care of her stepfather (who she's pretty sure she doesn't like).

This is pretty much Heartbeat but for middle-grade. And British. And published first.

My heart got completely wound up in Ella and her stepdad, Jack, as
Nov 13, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This story is touching and heartbreaking and quite well-written for children around 4th to 6th grade level. Ella is in around second grade or so and has a rather tragic time of things. Her mother goes into a coma when she gives birth to Ella's baby brother leaving Ella with her newish step-father whom she does not really like much to care for both her and the new baby as they visit her mum daily in the hospital hoping that she will come out of the coma and get better. In the meantime, Ella also ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, netgalley
Oy vey, the feels! The poor heroine just can't catch a break. I'm sure it's meant to be a very realistic story, but poor Ella gets the worst of everything a child could go through: when her mom falls into a coma after giving birth, Ella is forced to start getting along with her stepdad; at school she deals with one bully, and also the loss of her best friend - and when she starts to gain a new best friend, she has qualms because it's a boy! I know I would have loved to have read this when I was ...more
Ms. Yingling
Ella adores her mother, a teacher, and isn't thrilled about her stepfather Jack being in the picture. She is even more concerned that the expected baby will take even more time away from her. When her mother suffers from eclampsia and ends up in a coma after delivering her brother Samson, Ella and her stepfather are at a loss as to what to do. Samson stays in the hospital for a while, but eventually has to come home. The two manage to find a babysitter while Jack and Ella are off at school, but ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ya, read-2013
This is the 4th book I’ve read by this British author, recently introduced to US readers. It is a contemporary novel, suitable for middle grade readers, unlike the Hetty Feather series, set in the past. The story begins with Ella, the main character, and her mother practicing breathing for the coming birth of Ella’s new step-sibling. This young girl has had lots of adjustments in recent months, new stepfather (father is rarely around), new house (but she gets to stay in her old school), and now ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Emy rated it really liked it
When Ella's mum goes into a coma after the birth of Ella's half brother, Ella has to deal with living with her stepfather, changing friendships and the uncertainty as to whether her mother will ever wake up.

A lot of the reviews I've seen say that this isn't a book about whales at all, but I disagree. Whales, and learning about them, are Ella's way of coping with everything that's happening to her. I mean, sure, Ella could have easily focused on, let's say, wolves or deer instead, but Jacqueline
This book is about Ella and how she sticks with her stepdad, Jack. Ella's mother fainted into a coma, and she got a new baby brother. Ella stays strong, she also shares her responsibilities with her stepdad in order to take care of the baby while learning about whales and their songs.With support from her family and friends, will her mother recover from her coma? You have to read and find out.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a book about A girl called Ella. Her mum just had her step brother. She went into a coma. So she has to live with her stepdad. She loses her best friend over the time that her mum is in a coma. But she manges to find love in whales. Will her mum ever wake up or will she be in a coma for ever.

This is my favorite book and I have read a lot of books
Ursula Clancy
I enjoyed this because it was a different style of writing and it didn't follow JW's same pattern about the dad leaving and the mum having loads of boyfriends or whatever. this was different, interesting and sad. Very well written.
اوه فکر کنم کمتر نوجوانی حوصله اش بکشد این حجم کتاب را با اینهمه تکرار مکررات و بدون هیچ هیجانی به اتمام برساند.کاش وقتم را حرام نمیکردم ،البته مضمون داستان خوب بود اما طولانی و حوصله سربر بود
Leonora Etonyeaku
Feb 04, 2013 Leonora Etonyeaku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Leonora by: No-one. Just chose it from the library
I really love this book. Just finished reading it 3 weeks ago. It's about this young girl in primary school, and her parents are divorced. Her mom is pregnant by her step-dad. She hates her step-dad he swears sometimes. Her mother is in the hospital and she's in a coma. Her step-brother, who she loves a lot, is in the hospital for long. Her friend Sally is becoming friends with another girl and she has a fight with sally's new best-friends' old best-friend, but they become half friends later on. ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Wilson curiosity is now satisfied and I can understand why her books are so popular. I really enjoyed this book and wish Wilson was published when I was a little one.
Apr 01, 2015 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very lovely book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! Ella is a very lovely little girl. I recommend everyone to read this book RIGHT this SECOND.
Dec 25, 2014 Bar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
I definitely enjoyed reading this book. The characters are portrayed beautifully and very believable, nothing superficial or redundant. The ending, however, came a little bit too abrupt, I believe. But since (and I'm trying not to give anything away), such incidents are, in their nature, sudden and unforeseen, it is understandable and justifiable.
Jul 07, 2016 Huda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I like the way Ella's stepfather was portrayed. He wasn't abusive like the other stepdads, but wasn't that great either.
Aug 11, 2016 Thea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book but a bit sad. Ella's mum givers birth to a baby but she doesn't seem to wake up. But Ella's whale song wakes her up.
Carol Thompson
This was a heartbreaking book . I am so happy for Ella, her mum, Jack and Samson as it all works out in the end . ...more
Paula Rochford
Aug 05, 2011 Paula Rochford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10+
The longest Whale song By Jacqueline Wilson inspired me in so many ways i can not explain.It makes you see how lucky you are in life and how life has its ups and its down. It is my favorite book i have ever read. Its about a young girl who's parents have split up. She hardly ever gets to see her real father and her mother has remarried. Ella does not like her step-father and she doesn't like that her mother is pregnant. When her mother goes too have the baby she goes into a deep coma. Ella is le ...more
This book was so sad, but was really good.
Whale songs are beautiful, by the way.
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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