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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hurt and angry after his brother’s tragic death, 17-year-old Nick escapes the pressures of his family in Vancouver by working as a research assistant for a conservation group on the beautiful Point Reyes coastline of California. There he meets Marty, and, to his surprise, finds himself drawn to her quiet, intense manner. Shy and intuitive, Marty discovers that she is able ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published December 26th 2002 by Groundwood Books (first published 1991)
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I found this book to be a light read. It takes some turns that you don't expect. The ending is well written and ties up the loose ends nicely. I find that sometimes the ending of a book can either make or break-it in terms of how you remember the book and this book has a good ending.
Jessica Subject
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Marty is the travel-along babysitter for the Niven’s, marine biologists who have been contracted to do research in Point Reyes, California for the company Conservocean. With a learning disability that causes reading problems, Marty has come to believe her life is not worth much and plans to drop out of school as soon as possible.

Nick arrives in Point Reyes as a research assistant to Dr. Anderson, but unknown to him, the job was set up by his father. Nick blames the world for him older brother’s
Katarina Ross
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book both does and doesn't do what you expect it to. You get a sense from the beginning that it is a story about forgiveness but the journey to that realisation, ironically, involves the unforeseeable twists of everyday routine. Everyday, yet also extraordinary. You might expect that with a girl who can communicate with whales as a main character.

The fact that this story blends the incredible so fluidly with the mundane is it's greatest strength. It reveals that perspective is a crucial par
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Picked this book up on a whim in Ecuador since I just saw whales myself, I thought it would be a young adult book, kind of a quickie beach read but man, was I wrong. This book is way more amazing and beautifully written than the synopsis hinted at. I have many quotes already underlined and though I haven't finished it yet, I think this book is quickly becoming a favorite
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This book might entice you to read more about Sir Francis Drake. The geography of California and whales was interesting. But why do authors have to take the Lord's name in vane and throw in swearing even a little. There's a intimate scene that didn't need to be in there also. The book kept me reading to the end.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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this was one of my favourite juv. fic. books. I read it many times, and I remember how pleased I was when I bought my own copy.
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