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Song of the Dolphin Boy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Finn has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. Always told to keep away from the water, he's felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. But his new friends are in danger of being injured by the rubbish that floats out into t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Pan Macmillan
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Christina Reid
Finn is an eleven year old boy living in a small Scottish village called Stromhead. Despite being one of only eleven children in the local area, Finn has no friends because something about him is different and it makes the other children uneasy.
He lives with his father, a retired fisherman who now seems to hate the sea, making Finn promise that he will never go near it in case it takes him the way it took his mother. She disappeared when Finn was two, and the pall of suspicion has never lifted
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Stephen Connor
This is the fifth of Elizabeth Laird’s books that I’ve read, and is very different from the others.

Set on the Scottish coast, Finn is struggling to make friends with children in the community, and is chased by one of the boys after a disagreement. He hides under a pier, slips, and realises he has a special power.

From here, the story doesn’t quite go in the direction you’d think - magical powers and fabled creatures make appearances, but instead the theme of the book focuses on the environment.
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University of Chester teacher readers
I loved this book. Although I am getting a bit fed up of stories with a message this one worked. The characterisation of the young people and adults was real. As well as the ecological issue of the balloons for the dolphins, there was the theme of isolation/friendship and families which was dealt with well. The magical element of the selkies gave a mythical feel to the story.
A great read, which could be used in the classroom for these themes, but would leave a lasting impact and could be enjoyed
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Vicky Hard
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finn is a boy who doesn't fit in. His isolation is compounded by the fact that he lives on a small Scottish island which has only 10 other children. One day, in dramatic circumstances, Finn discovers why he is so different and he and the
Lighthouse crew realise they have a very important job to do.

This book is a wonderful way for children to understand the importance of environmental issues and that everyone, even children can make a difference. This book delivers a wonderful message to the peop
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Lisa Day
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plan to read this book to my nine-year-old son. There are so many great lessons to take from it - bullying, kindness, environment, plastic pollution. I liked that author Elizabeth Laird was able to write a story for the eight- to 12-year-year-old group and show how young kids can make a difference.
Electro Cat
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So sad that this story is based on events that are real. I would like a sequel to this book.
Lauren
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lovely, well-written book that deals with the themes of loneliness, belonging and the need to save the environment. A good book for years 3-4.
Sam
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book which links fantasy and the real life problem of plastic pollution. I will definitely be using this book in my teaching.
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Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. Her father was a ship's surgeon; both he and Laird's mother were Scottish. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School.
When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though
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