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Song for a Whale

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Iris has never let her deafness slow her down. A whiz at fixing electronics, she's always felt at home in the world of wires and vacuum tubes.
School, on the other hand, isn't quite as simple. Between her frustrating teacher Ms. Conn and her overly helpful classmate Nina, Iris can't seem to catch a break.
But during science class, Iris learns about Blue 55—
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Delacorte
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Ms. Yingling
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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While Iris and one set of her grandparents are Deaf, her parents are not, and her father doesn't even make the effort to learn sign language. Iris has an interest in repairing older radios, and this gives her a nice past time and source of income. School is a struggle, and it's hard to deal with some of her fellow classmates, especially one who pretends to know ASL but just annoys Iris with her unsuccessful and self-serving attempts. When Iris' science class learn
Sara Grochowski
Lynne Kelly’s SONG FOR A WHALE is a stunning, emotionally resonant look inside the world of 12-year old Iris, a determined girl whose deafness often leaves her feeling alone and frustrated. Iris’s interactions with her hearing family, friends, and classmates are poignant and truthfully drawn, but it’s her soul connection with Blue 55, a whale that sings at a unique 55-hertz frequency, leaving him unintelligible to his fellow whales, that shines especially bright. Kelly’s portrayal of deaf cultur ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book before it sold, and it was so beautiful and powerful—can't *wait* to read the finished version!
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Song for a Whale is a story of isolation and the need for connection and belonging.

Iris is twelve years old and deaf as was her grandfather—her closest ally—and her grandmother who is grieving her husband’s death and has isolated herself. At her school Iris is somewhat isolated as the only Deaf student. The only person she feels close to is her adult interpreter. The other students may try to include her in their conversations, especially an annoying girl who thinks she know sign language, but I
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is based on an ARC provided through my work.

When Iris, a deaf sixth grader struggling through a world that feels like it can’t hear her, discovers Blue 55, a whale who’s song no other whale understands, she feels drawn to him. Yet, no one seems to appreciate her need to share the world with this whale, to tell him “I hear you.” No one, except her Grandmother.

A Song For a Whale is one of the most beautiful books I have read this year; perhaps ever. An amazing story about what if feel
Anna Kim
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
For all her life, Iris has been alone, isolated from her peers and even her family because she is Deaf. When she learns about Blue 55, a whale who can't communicate and reach out to other whales, she can't help but empathize with the lonely animal.
This is a novel about the loneliness that comes from being unable to connect with others and how taking chances can lead to new beginnings.
Doris Fisher
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An awesome read filled with determination and heart. Iris is in a world of hearing when she can’t. Blue 55 is in a silent world where no whales hear him. It’s a perfect match. Along the way, readers find what it’s like to be deaf, and learn about the wonders of magnificent radios. It’s great for readers of all ages! An award winner for sure!
Casey Jo
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Mrrph. This is a BEAUTIFUL story about wanting to connect with a whale (view spoiler) but there's a bitter taste of "clever irony" that the Deaf main character (by a hearing author) is so focused on radios and bringing sound to a whale that sours the whole book for me.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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this book is so lovely. I felt for Iris the whole way through, and I loved reading through her eyes. Whales are also kind of my jam, so I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who loves them as well!
(also... that cover! swoon!)
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! Iris is a brave and believable heroine, and her Deafness is woven into the story so skillfully, as is the science and technology.
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Lynne Kelly writes contemporary middle grade and young adult fiction. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, grew up in Houston, lived in some much colder places, then found her way back to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter. For a few years she also taught special education, a good career for someone with excellent organizational and planning skills. Lacking those skil ...more