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The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
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Oct 03, 11

Recommended for: middle schoolers
Read in September, 2011

Poignant, lyrically written story of a wild child who struggles not to learn language but to feel a part of our world. A Cuban refuge stranded on an island and essentially raised by dolphins (the premise sounds way hokier in summary than practice; Hesse handles it masterfully) is discovered and brought to an institute where she essentially becomes a test subject. With narration by a protagonist who is rapidly developing as she tells her story, _Music_ calls to mind "Flowers for Algernon." My only gripe is the rushed ending. Young adult audience considerations might have kept Hesse from exploring more deeply this rich and interesting character and situation.
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Drena I agree with this review. Karen Hesse should consider re-writing the book for an older audience.

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