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White Dolphin

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,379 ratings  ·  171 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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Abdullahriaz Kara name is Kara two Plankns Of wood because her full name is Kara wood and also because her mind is not too much sharp .she cannot remember anything…moreKara name is Kara two Plankns Of wood because her full name is Kara wood and also because her mind is not too much sharp .she cannot remember anything.(less)

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Jul 15, 2012 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 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 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
I think the theme of this book would be you have to learn to accept things even when you don't like them as the main character has to accept her mo is never coming back.
Andrew Wallace
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for this book because my favorite animal is a dolphin. I really liked this book, in that it was written as realistic fiction, so I related to the characters and I could imagine the events happening to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about teenagers and saving animals.
Apr 10, 2013 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's Aunt
Sep 24, 2016 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
Emilee B
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title of the book I read is White Dolphin by Gill Lewis. This book falls into the realistic fiction genre because even though some of the characters talk in the story which is fiction, it shows what could be the real life of a Dolphin who struggled setting itself free. A summary of the book is that a girl named Kara lives in a small community known as Cornwall with her father near the ocean. Kara had a incredibly hard childhood because she was bullied at school and her mother disappeared on ...more
Dec 12, 2012 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 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 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!
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I didn't like it that much to be honest. that is all that I have to say.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great childrens book!!! Really touching story
Anthony Garcia
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Save the reef!” as I would like to say because this is an interesting read that I won from a contest a few years back. The book “One White Dolphin” by Gill Lewis really was interesting to re-read after finding it from cleaning my shelf as I read about how saving one dolphin brings new friends, troubles, and solutions. I believe readers who are interested in marine life should enjoy this book since it clearly brings good intentions about two people with different issues in their lives that bond ...more
Shelby Huff
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelby Huff
May 13,2017
Book Review #8

Title: White Dolphin (also previously published as ‘ One White Dolphin’)
Author: Gill Lewis
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. White Dolphin, is a brightening story on a child named Kara. Kara has always lived by the ocean, hence her love for the sea life. When she comes across a stranded dolphin her life changes for the better or maybe even for the worse. This is a heartwarming story that tells us, everything will be alright even in the ha
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Given to me by a student who has difficulty finding books she loves. She loved this story, and I can see why.

From the first page I was drawn into the narration of Kara, a frustrated middle school student: conflicted about her mother's disappearance, her father's constant work hours, her strict Aunt, their crowded living conditions, her dyslexia, the imminent reversal of a dredging law that threatens the reef she loves and depends on, and especially, mean Jake who knows all her weak spot and cont
Cassidy Frieling
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cassidy Frieling
College Prep
3 October 2016
White Dolphin
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
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book that I read this month was “White Dolphin” by Gill Lewis. I really liked this book because it has an amazing story inside of it, I loved how they rescued the dolphin and did anything they could to help it survive. I did not like the part where Kara and Felix went to Moana and Jake was just sitting there mocking her because her dad had sold the boat to Dougie Evans, he just sat there with a smirk while she was upset. My favorite character was Daisy, she was so innocent and she just wante ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
White Dolphin by Gill Lewis is a story about two kids who totally dislike each other, who come upon a baby injured dolphin, and they have to find it’s mom and rescue it as a team. I would rate this book 4 stars because it hooked me in right from the start, but I found it a little easy for me. I also rated this 4 not 5 stars, because this is a very sad but heartwarming story that was a little too emotional for me. I think the main audience would be girls and boys, ages 10-14 because the vocabular ...more
Lexi Rosansky
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. After reading for a decent amount of time I really started to enjoy it. Kara is a girl who doesn't know where her mom is and is living with her dad in her Aunt and Uncle's house. She and this boy, Jake are enemies if you will. Felix Underwood and his dad are interested in buying the Moana, Kara and her dad's boat. It's a sailing boat that Kara used to race in the Regatta race each year. The deal doesn't go through, but th ...more
Karan Raj
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Chp13 summary:-
In this chp Kara and her dad Jim wood go for a picnic with Mr.Andersen and Felix. Evan's family effect Moana and Kara say to her dad to call police but her dad says I don't have any proof,It's word are against me & her Dad was ignoring Kara as don't want to make seen at front of Mr.Andersen after that Felix vomit against the deck FELIX!yell Mr.Andersen Jim turn the boat into wind Mr.Andersen was sorry as Felix's mother said right to don't take you with me and then Felix sail Moan
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! It was sad but also heartwarming. I read this book like a thousand times I loved it so much. It basically is about a girl who lives in a small fishing village on the coast. Everything in her life revolves around the sea. Her mom, a marine biologist has been missing ever since she went out to protect dolphins being captured for aquariums and sea parks. Her dad has been struggling to pay the bills and kara is about to lose everything she cares about. I am not going to spoil much ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from the library to read to my 8-year-old son. He enjoys books "that could really happen." He also really enjoys ocean creatures. We got through 2 chapters before he decided he did not want to finish this. I was enjoying the story, so I finished it on my own. I thought the characters were not as developed as they could be and the story line was not very compelling. I did like how the story wraps up at the end. It was a satisfying ending.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Kara's small coastal town is threatened, she and her friends must work together to save the reef from being destroyed. But they are up against powerful people who don't want them to succeed. As millions of secrets, friendships, and memories unravel in front of their eyes, they must find out more about the disappearance of Kara's mother and save the reef.
Lidia Boucher
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was very good it was about this White Dolphin is the second awesome book by Gill Lewis. It is set in a fishing village in Cornwall and a lot of the action takes place on the beach, the cliffs or in the harbour. Many of the people in the community depend on the sea to earn a living. Kara and her Dad are depressed, upset and confused.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt sad and mad while I read this because Kara's mom dissapeared, she had bad grades in school and she was getting bulied by other kids. The one thing that made her happy was a white dolphin. But of course, one of the kids who bullied her killed the dolphin's mother. Now I realize how much we need to save our oceans.
Janelle Kreiling
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm thinking about using this book for my 4-5 gifted students. There are several strong themes included within the storyline and I think students would bind well with Kara & Felix. ...more
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Before she could walk, Gill Lewis was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from many of the people she has had the fortune to meet during her work as a vet, both at home and abroad. Gill Lewis has a masters degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and wo ...more

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