Song for a Whale

Song for a Whale

Song for a Whale In the spirit of modern day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by s comes the story of a deaf girl s connection to a whale whose song can t be heard by his species and the jour

  • Title: Song for a Whale
  • Author: Lynne Kelly
  • ISBN: 152477023X
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the spirit of modern day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl s connection to a whale whose song can t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve year old Iris is a tech genius But she s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat h In the spirit of modern day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl s connection to a whale whose song can t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve year old Iris is a tech genius But she s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she s not very smart If you ve ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel Then she has an idea she should invent a way to sing to him But he s three thousand miles away How will she play her song for him Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves Fascinating, brave, and tendera triumph Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan Beautifully written and such an important story for kids with big struggles in their lives I fell into Iris s world from the first chapter Lynne Kelly does an amazing job telling the story from Iris s perspective Millicent Simmonds, actress, Wonderstruck and A Quiet Place Quick moving, suspensefulthis remains a satisfying, energetic read Iris adventures will engross readers Kirkus Reviews This finely crafted novel affectingly illuminates issues of loneliness, belonging, and the power of communication Publishers Weekly Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press More Details ISBN 152477023X ISBN13 9781524770235 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly Author Release date Feb 05, 2019 Enter for a chance to win one of 50 advance copies of Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly.Twelve year old Iris has never let her deafness slow her down A Enter for a chance to win one of 50 advance copies of Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly.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 the loneliest whale in the world Saddened by the animal s inability to speak to other whales, Iris uses her tech skills to come up with a plan communicate with Blue 55.One small problem the whale is swimming off the coast of Alaska, nearly 3,000 miles from her Texas home But, nothing stops Iris, and with her Deaf grandmother by her side, she sets out on a road trip to meet the whale and make sure he s finally heard Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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I really need to change I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it and while that may due in part to the gorgeous cover, it was mostly the premise of the story that grabbed my attention Every time I picked up this book, I quickly was lost in Iris s world I really had a great time with this book.Iris is a twelve year old girl who happens to be deaf She goes to a regular school where she is the only deaf person with the assistance of her sign language interpreter It took about all of five minutes for my heart to go out to Iris as she explained what it was like to live in a world where nobody understands you She has no friends at school and keeps being paired up with a classmate who claims to know sign language but whose hand motions make no sense to Iris at all She feels very alone.Iris s attention is grabbed by a whale that she learns about in school that sings at a different frequency than the other whales and therefore can t communicate with them Iris is a whiz at repairing old radios outside of school and she uses that knowledge to help find a way to communicate with that special whale named Blue 55 Blue 55 lives alone in the ocean with no one to talk to and Iris can relate much better than most people.I fell in love with Iris almost immediately I think that the author did a fabulous job of letting the reader really understand how isolated she felt Iris is a very intelligent and determined girl and I liked the way she worked through the puzzle of helping the whale I really enjoyed taking this journey with Iris and was pleased to see the progression of her relationships with her family in addition to her quest to save the whale I would recommend this book to others I think that this was a wonderfully written story about a little girl and a giant whale that I won t forget anytime soon I look forward to reading of Lynne Kelly s work in the future I received a review copy of this book from Delacorte Press.Initial ThoughtsI really liked this book I thought that the descriptions of Iris and her life at school were incredibly well done My heart hurt for her because I felt how alone she thought she was I thought that the whale s story was just as interesting and Grandma was great All in all, this was just a very well done story flag 23 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 04, 2018 USOM rated it really liked it review of another edition Song for a Whale is an adorable middle grade about Iris, a deaf girl, her family, and a whale The author s experience as a sign language interpreter lends authenticity to the narrative I can t speak to the deaf representation in the book, but Iris struggles not only with her dad who doesn t know sign language well, a classmate who thinks they can sign, and her feelings of isolation Even though Iris has her best friend, a grandmother, and her ability to fix radios, she still feels isolated in Song for a Whale is an adorable middle grade about Iris, a deaf girl, her family, and a whale The author s experience as a sign language interpreter lends authenticity to the narrative I can t speak to the deaf representation in the book, but Iris struggles not only with her dad who doesn t know sign language well, a classmate who thinks they can sign, and her feelings of isolation Even though Iris has her best friend, a grandmother, and her ability to fix radios, she still feels isolated in many ways Her passion for Blue 55, in many ways, mirrors her own struggle for being heard, and feelings of loneliness.full review flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Ms Yingling rated it liked it review of another edition E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusWhile 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 E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusWhile 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 learns about Blue 55, a whale who communicates on a frequency that no other whales do, and so leads a lonely existence, she is drawn to his story and tries to help She consults with the music teacher and creates a sound track on the frequency the whale uses, and contacts a research station in Alaska to see if they can use it When the scientists there invite her to come by if she is ever in the area, Iris decides she really needs to go to help out Her parents, wisely, say no, so she approaches her grandmother Her grandmother is not doing well after the passing of her spouse, and decides a cruise to Alaska is just what she needs The two sneak off on their adventure, and while Iris is not able to help Blue 55, she is able to put some things in her life into perspective and to speak up for herself.Strengths The author s background working with Deaf students is apparent, and the details about having an interpreter at school, dealing with classmates, and of feeling the vibrations through the radios are all good details for hearing students to have The science connection is interesting, and the relationship with the grandmother is charming The father s difficulty in connecting with Iris adds a layer of realistic depth.Weaknesses There have been several Deaf students at my school, and none of them were ever treated this badly I had one girl with an interpreter and a cochlear implant who was even a library helper for several quarters we just made sure students knew to make sure she could see their face and to talk clearly but normally when they checked out books so that she could understand them, and she never seemed as isolated and unhappy as Iris Doesn t make for as good a story, but makes me feel good about my students What I really think There should be books than Ferris Of Sound Mind and Gino s You Don t Know Everything, Jilly P , so I am really glad to see this one flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Carina Olsen rated it it was ok When I first heard about this one I knew I had to read it Because that cover is all kinds of stunning And the story seemed amazing too I do not think I have ever read a book about a deaf girl, and I was so excited to finally get to do that Parts of this book were all kinds of awesome But sadly, almost all of the book was bad Oh.And because of that I m giving this book two stars Which makes me so sad, but it has to be done I had so many issues with this one Yet I also enjoyed some of it When I first heard about this one I knew I had to read it Because that cover is all kinds of stunning And the story seemed amazing too I do not think I have ever read a book about a deaf girl, and I was so excited to finally get to do that Parts of this book were all kinds of awesome But sadly, almost all of the book was bad Oh.And because of that I m giving this book two stars Which makes me so sad, but it has to be done I had so many issues with this one Yet I also enjoyed some of it a whole lot I have so much to share about it First, a huge thank you to the publisher for letting me take part in the blog tour and for sending me the lovely book.While my blog tour in late January was supposed to be a review and a giveaway, I do not feel okay with sharing a two star review for a blog tour Will be posting my review today, and will hopefully be sharing a spotlight and giveaway of an ARC post in January I truly wish I could say that I loved this book As I really wanted to It seemed incredible And looks truly gorgeous But it was sadly filled with issues I will start by saying that I have no idea if any of the deaf part of the book had issues as well, as I do not know anyone that is deaf I will say that I found all of it to be written really well I loved that the main girl was deaf I loved reading about how she lived every day as a deaf person Was so very interesting And she was all kinds of awesome because of that Love.But sadly that did not save this book Because even though the deaf parts were incredible, the rest of the writing was so very much not I could not connect to anything in this book It also felt so rushed And a bit awkward at times Especially so because Iris is said to be twelve years old, but yet she felt years younger than that Which was a bit depressing I also did not like this girl Because of her personality She treated a girl in her class so very badly And not once was that owned up to It bothered me so much, at all times.Sure, it is written in a way that makes it seem like the girl in her class was an idiot, and doing everything wrong But she was not She was a girl who could hear And who tried so hard to learn sign language so that she could talk to Iris too But Iris did nothing to help her with this All she did was turn away from her and ignore her and get angry with her for not being able to sign anything right I felt like Iris should have helped her Should have tried to be her friend, like this girl was trying so so very hard to be hers Hmph.Which means that sadly I did not like Iris very much at all I tried to love her, I truly did But yeah No She treated this girl badly in the beginning of the book And then near the end she reads something about her, and she laughs and laughs at her, and it made me dislike Iris and Was not good Sure, there were parts of Iris that I liked Getting to know how she talked with sign language was awesome So loved her friendship with this adorable boy that was deaf as well It was pretty adorable But was sadly too little.This book is about Iris being unhappy in her school Since she is the only one there that is deaf And her grandparents are deaf too, but her grandpa is dead and her grandma lives at a home for old people Her mom can sign language too, and her brother as well Her father was not good at it And that was written badly too, because it was all kinds of painful to read about, and it really shouldn t have been written that way, at least, I do not think it should have Parts of Iris s life was hard to read, which was bad and good.While at school, she learns about a whale Blue 55 He has a different song than every other whale in the ocean, and so no one can understand him He is all alone and has no one around him This is somewhat a true story, and I did like that a whole lot It was interesting to read about the whales and such But also a little weird There are even really small pages with the whale point of view Yeah That was odd And the way Iris reacted to learning about the whale Yeah I cannot support that Not at all Which is depressing.I did love that Iris felt strongly about this whale That she wanted to help him connect with others Liked that she decided to make a song for him that he could hear, that no other whale could sing for him But what I did not like is that she got obsessed with this whale right away and decided that she had to go to Alaska to find him, to see him Did not like how she treated her family because of this And then she runs away With her grandmother On a cruise ship, for weeks, without telling her family first Uhm What even.I cannot help but say that I found this book to be a bit problematic If that is the right word It might not be, but I m not sure how else to describe it This book makes it feel it was okay that twelve year old deaf Iris ran away with her old and deaf grandmother, who was grieving for her dead husband, and was in a home because they feared she could not take care of herself Yeah And they run away together That was not safe And it was not okay Sure, Iris thinks about her family a couple of times while being away Hahaha.That was not okay either She is on a cruise for Alaska, far away from her family, without talking to them or telling them where she is going or why Her grandma is keeping them updated, but that was still not an okay thing to do Yet this book tells it in a way that it felt okay, that it was the right thing for Iris to do That it was the only thing she could have done, the thing she was supposed to do I do not support that at all It was reckless and dangerous Gosh, my review is much longer than I had planned for it to be Sorry, haha.But can t stop writing about this book I must share all my thoughts Some spoilers There is even a scene in the book where Iris jumps into cold water and swims toward a huge whale Looking it in the eyes And swimming around it Not once is it mentioned that this is dangerous And it was Incredibly so And I m not sure why this book is making it seem like all of this was okay Hmm Can t help but feel that this book was not all that safe Of course, it is highly possible that I am the only one to feel this way, that others will not.Which is also okay I m sorry to say that Song for a Whale was not a book for me at all I wanted to love it, so so badly, but I could not I found parts of it to be very good, and I wanted to know But most parts where not good at all And I may have shared way too much in my review But I just could not stop writing and I do not regret it So curious to know what others will think of this book Do let me know if you read it Huge thank you to Random House Kids for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and review This review was first posted on my blog, Carina s Books, here flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 09, 2018 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves middle grade, random house, wndb, deafness, connection, loneliness, belonging, family, grandmas, science 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 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 culture and relationships within the deaf community are deeply striking As an outside observer of the deaf community, Kelly s depiction of Iris s emotional and physical experiences in a world that caters to hearing individuals has a made a lasting impact, changing the way I look at the world and leaving me aware of my own privilege Iris and Blue 55 have made a mark on my heart that will linger for years to come flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Song for a Whaleby Lynne KellyRandom House Children sDelacorte Books for Young ReadersChildren s FictionPub Date 05 Feb 2019I am reviewing a copy of Song For A Whale through Random House Children s and Netgalley Iris I a twelve year old tech genius, able to do anything from fix the class computer to fixing old TVs but she s the only deaf student in her school and shes often treated like she s not very intelligent.Iris learns about Blue 55, a whale that is unable to communicate like other whales Song for a Whaleby Lynne KellyRandom House Children sDelacorte Books for Young ReadersChildren s FictionPub Date 05 Feb 2019I am reviewing a copy of Song For A Whale through Random House Children s and Netgalley Iris I a twelve year old tech genius, able to do anything from fix the class computer to fixing old TVs but she s the only deaf student in her school and shes often treated like she s not very intelligent.Iris learns about Blue 55, a whale that is unable to communicate like other whales something that Iris can relate too so she invents a way to sing to him and travels with her Grandma to do just that.Will Iris be able to play her song for Blue 55 Find out in Songs For A Whale Five out of five stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 F.T Bradley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Such a great look into what it means to be Deaf I learned so much This book was truly food for thought, and stuck with me long after reading.The science angle gave the book extra depth, and the whale story gave it heart I really loved Iris, the main character, and her family There were a few moments the horrible teacher in the beginning that were a slight hiccup for me, but overall this is one of the best middle grade books I ve read in a while.A must read this year I would say be ready f Such a great look into what it means to be Deaf I learned so much This book was truly food for thought, and stuck with me long after reading.The science angle gave the book extra depth, and the whale story gave it heart I really loved Iris, the main character, and her family There were a few moments the horrible teacher in the beginning that were a slight hiccup for me, but overall this is one of the best middle grade books I ve read in a while.A must read this year I would say be ready for this story to stick with you long after you finish the book A great classroom read, too flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Meg Rule rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was a heartfelt read that takes you on a trip through the eyes of a highly intelligent deaf girl who goes to great lengths to help a whale in need A story of family, hope, and love Not only is the cover beautiful but the story is a treat to read, colored with educational facts It allows you to live inside the mind of a deaf person to understand the frustrations and beauty of a silent world A story I will definitely recommend and read again flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Lizzy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves feel good_realistic fic, kids books, realistic fiction, summer reading 2019, wonder_read alikes 3.5 thoughtful middle grade read alike for realistic fiction similar to likes of Wonder or Fish in a Tree etc but with science bent flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Katy Budget Books rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves stacey w Stacey says I didn t read middle grade books even when I WAS in middle school, but I m so glad I read this book It s touching, triumphant, and a little heart breaking The main character, Iris, is a delightfully bright narrator, and I was fascinated to learn about her world as a young girl who is, among many other things, also Deaf flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 20, 2018 Kayla rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 12, 2018 Doris Fisher rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 14, 2018 Lesley rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 Iris gives up as she tries to grab any scrap of conversation 64 and communicate better with her father.In one of her classes Iris learns of Blue 55, a hybrid whale who sings at a level much higher than other whales and cannot communicate with any other whales As a result he belongs to no pod and travels on his own, isolated Iris decides to create and record a song that Blue 55 can hear and understand He keeps singing this song, and everything in the ocean swims by him, as if he s not there He thinks no one understands hi, I want to let him know he is wrong about that 75 Iris is a master at fixing old radios and feels without the storeowner for whom she fixes radios, she wouldn t know I was good at anything 68 With her knowledge of acoustics, Iris records a song at his own frequency for Blue 55, mixing in his song and the sounds of other sanctuary animals and sends it to the group in Alaska who are trying to track and tag him.On a run away cruise to Alaska, Iris and her grandmother reconnect her grandmother makes new connections to others and finds a place she now needs to be Iris connects with Blue 55 giving him a place to belong and Iris is finally able to request to go to a new school that has a population of Deaf students with Wendell, her Deaf friend.Scattered within the story are the heartbreaking short chapters narrated by Blue 55.Readers will learn a lot about whales, about acoustics, abut Deaf culture, and even importantly, about those who may feel isolated and the need for belonging in this well written new novel by Lynne Kelly, a sign language interpreter flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Andrea rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves free books, 2019 reads, j reads, family and friends More reviews and book ish content Club Book Mobile Andrea RBKSong for a Whale by Lynne Kelly was a middle grade novel full of all kinds of heart Twelve year old Iris is deaf, and this means she often feels she just doesn t fit in Her grandparents are both deaf which gives her a connection, however she recently lost her grandfather which has been hard because they were especially close Her parents don t always take the time to connect, and she struggles at school for similar reasons, w More reviews and book ish content Club Book Mobile Andrea RBKSong for a Whale by Lynne Kelly was a middle grade novel full of all kinds of heart Twelve year old Iris is deaf, and this means she often feels she just doesn t fit in Her grandparents are both deaf which gives her a connection, however she recently lost her grandfather which has been hard because they were especially close Her parents don t always take the time to connect, and she struggles at school for similar reasons, while also longing to transfer to the school for the deaf in her town Along the way, she becomes captivated by Blue 55, a whale who has also lost his way Blue 55 struggles to communicate with other whales, and he is quite lonely Hearing about him, Iris can relate, and she wonders if she might have a way to solve his problem From here, Iris decides to explore how she might help this whale She has to do this virtually as the whale is in Alaska, but Iris is determined to not make that a barrier This was an enlightening read as it shows the world through Iris experience Using her as the narrator allows readers to get a better understanding of how she interprets the world, including the challenges that her deafness brings However, it also shows how her deafness is an asset and how she learns to adapt to the environment The parallel story of Iris and Blue 55 was really well told, and I definitely think kids will be entranced by this one flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Lone Tree Reviews rated it really liked it If you are looking for a heart warming tale that will bring tears to your eyes, this is the book for you Twelve year old Iris is deaf and a tech genius but everyone around her treat her like she isn t smart at all Being in a school that no one understands her or wants to learn sign language, Iris feels alone until a movie being shown at school about a whale who is like Iris in many ways, Blue 55 is unable to speak to other whales due to him having a different song than normal whales.It makes I If you are looking for a heart warming tale that will bring tears to your eyes, this is the book for you Twelve year old Iris is deaf and a tech genius but everyone around her treat her like she isn t smart at all Being in a school that no one understands her or wants to learn sign language, Iris feels alone until a movie being shown at school about a whale who is like Iris in many ways, Blue 55 is unable to speak to other whales due to him having a different song than normal whales.It makes Iris want to make him a song that only Blue 55 can hear but no one in her family understands her reason until her deaf grandmother makes the simple suggestion of taking a little trip As Iris travels than 3,000 miles, nothing about this trip is easy nor will the end result will be what she wanted it to be Until Iris makes that decision to do what she wants that will end in that heart warming finale that will make you proud of Iris for what she did in order to make her dream come true I loved the detail that this Author spent on Iris and what she had to deal with being deaf including her love of radios that she can still hear through the vibrations that they make It s how she was able to make that song that lead to that amazing ending It was sad to see that even her own dad didn t learn much sign language to be able to communicate with his own daughter, the sad thing is that really happens in real life as well That part kinda sucked about this book but having a strong willed girl like Iris just made this book good to the part that she did what she did in order for Blue 55 to hear his song in the end Let s just say that this was a good read with a subject that is easy to set up for discussion with your kids of what would you do different and how would you deal with being deaf Thank You to Lynne Kelly for this awesome book to bring your experience to the table in a way that made this a good read I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Patricia rated it it was amazing review of another edition SONG FOR A WHALE is than a song It is a symphony Its various components come together seamlessly to produce an entertaining and emotional experience for the reader Most people are not aware of the loneliness and frustration that is part of the life of the deaf and hearing impaired because it is not obvious.The story takes the reader into the mind of twelve year old Iris who is trying to find her way in a hearing world And then there is the whale s tale, so to speak Blue 55, the whale SONG FOR A WHALE is than a song It is a symphony Its various components come together seamlessly to produce an entertaining and emotional experience for the reader Most people are not aware of the loneliness and frustration that is part of the life of the deaf and hearing impaired because it is not obvious.The story takes the reader into the mind of twelve year old Iris who is trying to find her way in a hearing world And then there is the whale s tale, so to speak Blue 55, the whale in the story, is based on an actual whale that has fascinated, but eluded, scientists for years the real life 52 Blue, The Loneliest Whale in the World Author LYNNE KELLY not only takes the reader inside of the mind of a deaf girl who struggles to belong, but she also creates a convincing account of the whale in its futile attempts at belonging with others of its kind.Does Iris help the whale, or does the whale help Iris Or both The reader can decide This children s book has ageless appeal, and I was fortunate to have received an advance copy from the publisher, Random House Children s Books Iris and Blue 55 a wonderful heart warming story Five stars flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Haley rated it really liked it review of another edition Twelve year old Iris s world changes when she learns about Blue 55, the offspring of a blue whale and a fin whale His unique parentage may be the reason he sings at 55 hertz, a frequency much higher than the other whales use to communicate, and he wanders the ocean without a pod.The whale s isolation resonates with Iris, the only Deaf kid at her school Even her dad can t communicate fluently in ASL Desperate to let Blue 55 know he s not alone, she figures out how to create a song to broadcast Twelve year old Iris s world changes when she learns about Blue 55, the offspring of a blue whale and a fin whale His unique parentage may be the reason he sings at 55 hertz, a frequency much higher than the other whales use to communicate, and he wanders the ocean without a pod.The whale s isolation resonates with Iris, the only Deaf kid at her school Even her dad can t communicate fluently in ASL Desperate to let Blue 55 know he s not alone, she figures out how to create a song to broadcast at his unique frequency Her journey to get it played for Blue 55 will take her far beyond what she thought she was capable of, and may even benefit others than the whale in the process.This book was a wonderful opportunity to learn about some aspects of Deaf culture I really enjoyed reading about what constitutes a Deaf poem , as well as whale behavior I didn t know that different species of whales could mate or that whales communicated in different hertz A solid middle grade pick especially for any kids interested in science or natural history flag Like see review Oct 27, 2018 Cathy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Mixed feelings about this one Liked the premise, but giving emotion and story to the whale felt misleading, as did the ending with Iris in the water with 55 Scientifically, there is lots to explore with curious readers whales, communication, technology, hertz of sounds, space, planets, icebergs, Deaf culture Kelly works in several opportunities for additional inquiries and the scenes with Iris and her Grandmother were genuine.Perhaps the adult in me has forgotten about the magic behind thi Mixed feelings about this one Liked the premise, but giving emotion and story to the whale felt misleading, as did the ending with Iris in the water with 55 Scientifically, there is lots to explore with curious readers whales, communication, technology, hertz of sounds, space, planets, icebergs, Deaf culture Kelly works in several opportunities for additional inquiries and the scenes with Iris and her Grandmother were genuine.Perhaps the adult in me has forgotten about the magic behind things and how much one can hope for change It is a lovely story, I couldn t help but root for Iris, yet some part of me remained skeptical and detached The title is linked with Wonder and Fish in a Tree I d say the two are realistic fiction and this may be improbable fiction, despite the roots in science.Props to Kelly for hooking me with science I only wish she kept with it for a realistic finish, sometimes we do fail and get disappointed, but that s often how we learn flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Iris is only twelve years old, but she has trouble communicating with most people She s the only deaf kid at school, and despite her own efforts and everyone else s, there s a large communication gap But Iris has the radios she rebuilds from scratch and her family, and she makes do with that But when she finds out about the loneliest whale, Blue 55, she realizes that he s just like her, and is determined to find a way for him to know that he s not alone.Song for a Whale is a middle grade nove Iris is only twelve years old, but she has trouble communicating with most people She s the only deaf kid at school, and despite her own efforts and everyone else s, there s a large communication gap But Iris has the radios she rebuilds from scratch and her family, and she makes do with that But when she finds out about the loneliest whale, Blue 55, she realizes that he s just like her, and is determined to find a way for him to know that he s not alone.Song for a Whale is a middle grade novel by Lynne Kelly, who has worked many years as a sign language interpreter She definitely had the experience to write this book, and goodness knows that books about the deaf and hard of hearing are few and far between And as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to review it for my blog I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it in exchange for an honest review, and to read my review, go here flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Carrie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves all time favorites, kids Bravo I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the library, school and home of every child that desires to be inspired by a reading journey Much like Wonder by Palacio this book is a treasure trove for teachers and home schooling parents It is rich with project based learning ideas for curriculum in STEM, music, environmental science, geography, social science, language arts and fine arts Equally important is the rich opportunity the story provides to to discuss generational suppo Bravo I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the library, school and home of every child that desires to be inspired by a reading journey Much like Wonder by Palacio this book is a treasure trove for teachers and home schooling parents It is rich with project based learning ideas for curriculum in STEM, music, environmental science, geography, social science, language arts and fine arts Equally important is the rich opportunity the story provides to to discuss generational support and social acceptance for peers with all different special needs Lynne Kelley, well done Random House, you have a winner Like every memorable childhood story, Song of a Whale made my heart ache in all of the right ways.Once I cracked the spine, I could not put it down until the last page had been turned and every tissue in my box had been used flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Sam Butler rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is so touching I m inspired by young Iris, her dedication, intelligence, and bravery shine throughout Reading about her struggling through school and seeing the disconnect she suffers with her peers broke my heart, but with the right support she soared As devastated Iris sought solace and connection with her grandmother, her grandmother needed Iris to inspire a change in her, though neither knew it initially The loss of someone important to them affected their lives in immeasurable This book is so touching I m inspired by young Iris, her dedication, intelligence, and bravery shine throughout Reading about her struggling through school and seeing the disconnect she suffers with her peers broke my heart, but with the right support she soared As devastated Iris sought solace and connection with her grandmother, her grandmother needed Iris to inspire a change in her, though neither knew it initially The loss of someone important to them affected their lives in immeasurable ways The adventurous nature of the book was light and playful The experiences of the characters illustrated journeys of redemption, healing, and hope The existence of the whale and Iris s connection to it is just this side of fantastical, but it makes me want to believe anything is possible flag Like see review Sep 20, 2018 Smudge rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 feels like to be lost, and how to find yourself again, and help others find themselves in the process Beautifully written and accessible for kids and adults, I connected with this one in a way I don t often experience, particularly from YA novels flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Erin Scott rated it it was amazing review of another edition A journey through loneliness A young deaf girl connects with a whale who struggles to communicate with other whales as much as she seems to struggle with people around her Along her journey, she and her grandmother grieve for the recent loss of her grandfather and find a way to connect with one another again I was hooked the entire time and couldn t put the book down until I finished it four hours later Iris journey is compelling, informative and triumphant Worth a read for anyone, but esp A journey through loneliness A young deaf girl connects with a whale who struggles to communicate with other whales as much as she seems to struggle with people around her Along her journey, she and her grandmother grieve for the recent loss of her grandfather and find a way to connect with one another again I was hooked the entire time and couldn t put the book down until I finished it four hours later Iris journey is compelling, informative and triumphant Worth a read for anyone, but especially if you ve ever struggled to connect with people around you when you seemed to be speaking the same language flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Savannah Breckenridge rated it really liked it review of another edition Perfect book for lovers of Wonder and Out of My Mind Author Kelly Lynn utilizes her background as a sign language translator to tell the story of Iris, a deaf child in a home of hearing individuals who s struggling to find her place, and the 55 Hertz whale who is unable to communicate with other whales Lynn s words float off the page creating gorgeous images and themes that echo one another throughout the novel A book about empowerment, searching for one s home , making a difference, and ult Perfect book for lovers of Wonder and Out of My Mind Author Kelly Lynn utilizes her background as a sign language translator to tell the story of Iris, a deaf child in a home of hearing individuals who s struggling to find her place, and the 55 Hertz whale who is unable to communicate with other whales Lynn s words float off the page creating gorgeous images and themes that echo one another throughout the novel A book about empowerment, searching for one s home , making a difference, and ultimately grief A must read for all ages flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Nicole Wagner rated it it was amazing review of another edition I would have loved this book so deeply at eleven or twelve years old This book is so good, though, in that I loved it and learned a lot from it at thirty three years old.Inclusion is an amazing thing When done richly and with context and without tokenizing, it can bring together entire communities This book is primarily about Deaf people, but it s so incredibly relatable Have you ever missed someone Been lonely Been entranced by a story unexpectedly at a significant time in your life Plus I would have loved this book so deeply at eleven or twelve years old This book is so good, though, in that I loved it and learned a lot from it at thirty three years old.Inclusion is an amazing thing When done richly and with context and without tokenizing, it can bring together entire communities This book is primarily about Deaf people, but it s so incredibly relatable Have you ever missed someone Been lonely Been entranced by a story unexpectedly at a significant time in your life Plus, the scenery was its own character Excellently and tenderly done flag Like see review Dec 13, 2018 Nannette Matthews rated it really liked it review of another edition Song for a Whale is a precious and much needed middle reader novel Lynne Kelly s experience as an ASL interpreter sheds light on the experiences of people who are deaf, from main character Iris to her grandma When Iris hears about a whale who speaks in 55 hertz, a sound that other whales don t understand, she becomes determined to make him feel heard by making a special song just for him But just making this song isn t enough for Iris she HAS to meet him Throughout this journey, Iris has li Song for a Whale is a precious and much needed middle reader novel Lynne Kelly s experience as an ASL interpreter sheds light on the experiences of people who are deaf, from main character Iris to her grandma When Iris hears about a whale who speaks in 55 hertz, a sound that other whales don t understand, she becomes determined to make him feel heard by making a special song just for him But just making this song isn t enough for Iris she HAS to meet him Throughout this journey, Iris has life changing realizations about her family, herself, and the connections we all need most flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Alyssa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves middle grade, wndb, realistic fiction Lynne Kelly s SONG FOR A WHALE is a stunning, emotional 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, that shines especially bright Kelly s portrayal of deaf culture and relationships within the deaf community are deeply striking Iris and Blue 55 have made a mark on my hear Lynne Kelly s SONG FOR A WHALE is a stunning, emotional 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, that shines especially bright Kelly s portrayal of deaf culture and relationships within the deaf community are deeply striking Iris and Blue 55 have made a mark on my heart that will linger for years to come flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Suzy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves juvenile fiction I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley I loved this book It gives such a good look into someone who is deaf s life I loved Iris her grandmother I loved their adventure and how they both learned things about themselves along the way and what could make them happier By going on the trip Iris learns that she can still fit in and belong even in a world where she is different flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Andrew rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books that should be movies, fiction, middle grade Iris knows what it s like to feel unheard as a Deaf person, she communicates most often by sign language When she watches a documentary at school about the lonely whale, Blue 55, she feels an instant kinship with him no one can understand his language, either She creates a song for him with the same tones, and goes on an adventure with her spontaneous grandma to find him Touching and heartfelt, this is a moving story that many who don t fit the norm will see themselves in, readers both youn Iris knows what it s like to feel unheard as a Deaf person, she communicates most often by sign language When she watches a documentary at school about the lonely whale, Blue 55, she feels an instant kinship with him no one can understand his language, either She creates a song for him with the same tones, and goes on an adventure with her spontaneous grandma to find him Touching and heartfelt, this is a moving story that many who don t fit the norm will see themselves in, readers both young and old flag Like see review Nov 10, 2018 Anna Kim rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next 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    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I liked this book quite a lot I don t read middle grade books very often but I think that may be something that I really need to change I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it and while that may due in part to the gorgeous cover, it was mostly the premise of the story that grabbed my attention Every time I picked up this book, I quickly was lost in Iris s world I really had a great time with this book.Iris is a twelve year o Thi [...]

    Song for a Whale is an adorable middle grade about Iris, a deaf girl, her family, and a whale The author s experience as a sign language interpreter lends authenticity to the narrative I can t speak to the deaf representation in the book, but Iris struggles not only with her dad who doesn t know sign language well, a classmate who thinks they can sign, and her feelings of isolation Even though Iris has her best friend, a grandmother, and her ability to fix radios, she still feels isolated in Son [...]

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusWhile 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 E A [...]

    When I first heard about this one I knew I had to read it Because that cover is all kinds of stunning And the story seemed amazing too I do not think I have ever read a book about a deaf girl, and I was so excited to finally get to do that Parts of this book were all kinds of awesome But sadly, almost all of the book was bad Oh.And because of that I m giving this book two stars Which makes me so sad, but it has to be done I had so many issues with this one Yet I also enjoyed some of it When I fi [...]

    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 L [...]

    Song for a Whaleby Lynne KellyRandom House Children sDelacorte Books for Young ReadersChildren s FictionPub Date 05 Feb 2019I am reviewing a copy of Song For A Whale through Random House Children s and Netgalley Iris I a twelve year old tech genius, able to do anything from fix the class computer to fixing old TVs but she s the only deaf student in her school and shes often treated like she s not very intelligent.Iris learns about Blue 55, a whale that is unable to communicate like other whales [...]

    Such a great look into what it means to be Deaf I learned so much This book was truly food for thought, and stuck with me long after reading.The science angle gave the book extra depth, and the whale story gave it heart I really loved Iris, the main character, and her family There were a few moments the horrible teacher in the beginning that were a slight hiccup for me, but overall this is one of the best middle grade books I ve read in a while.A must read this year I would say be ready f Such a [...]

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