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Song for a Whale kindle Í 303 pages ☆ randarenewables ´ 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 himFrom 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 sIus 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 beWhen she learns about Blue 5 I feel like I've been talking a lot lately about craving middle grade and how good and underappreciated middle grade is I came across a thread on Twitter a few days ago about why people like YA — and making a distinction between adult and YA — because it generally deals with serious issues with sense of hope I think this is even true of middle grade stories and while some may take a saccharine route many if not most strip issues back to an unltimately honest core without sacrificing hope which is no easy feat Lynne Kelly's Song for a Whale is a good example of thatSong for a Whale hits a lot of right notes succinctly capturing the frustrations and beauties of Iris' world layered with a touch of adventure and coming of age and built on the bones of a heartfelt family story Iris is a dynamic protagonist realistically flawed and lovely; she's got a thread of irritation and anger in her an understandable chip on her shoulder without ever falling into any kind of Angry Disabled Person™ trope She's got a rich well of passions and skills that flesh her out without falling into any kind of Magically Perfect Disabled Person™ trope She's well executed and realistic and it makes her easy to root for; she's deaf but that's not all she isIris also makes a great 'in' to the stories contained within the book — the story of different deaf people operating in different ways within a hearing world the story of a whale who wants to be heard and known the story of a family grieving and a woman wanting to live again stories of science and technology and friendship and exploration Iris' natural curiosity and spirit provide a good window into these tangled bits of people's lives in a really organic way with Iris always remaining the central focus but not the lone focusReaders will find a story of growth and connection that is thoroughly engaging and easily readable Song for a Whale succeeds in letting in readers who may not be familiar with anyone deaf or hearing impaired without ever using deafness as a gimmick or condescending to the audience The book as a whole is a good example of why middle grade books can be so enduring in our reading lives and make such good tools for developing empathy and curiosityHa This is a bit funny considering the subject of the book is a whale who can't hit the right notes I swear I didn't plan this as some sort of godawful punnish thing but here we are

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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 himFrom fixing the class computer to repairing old radios twelve year old Iris is a tech gen 4 12 stars In most ways I loved this book but I couldn’t uite give it 5 stars because of the point of view of the whaleother whales too I couldn’t uite suspend disbelief and all the way through once I hit page 76 I was eager to read the author’s notes at the end While they were excellent informative and interesting I still couldn’t uite accept one aspect of the story the fictional whale parts even though I sort of adored that part of the story too It’s just that the rest was such amazingly good realistic fiction and I found the unrealistic portions kind of jarring however moving and fun The writing is lovely The illustrations are lovely I loved the main character and story’s narrator Iris I also especially enjoyed her grandmother; I loved how she responded What a hoot she was This is a great granddaughter grandmother relationship I also enjoyed so many other characters too including Bennie Sura Iris’s mother father and brother Wendell and his family and some of Iris’s teachers and classmates The family and friend and school relationships were portrayed well This book has so much going for it There is ample humor throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed it But I felt sad a lot of the time I was reading it The book is about communication and the lack of it and about deep and cutting loneliness I felt sad for the whale and then felt even sadder when I realized that Iris isn’t even as fluent in ASL and she could be though I correctly knew what that was going There are interesting inclusions about Deaf culture There is a lot of suspense that was both entertaining and excruciating I love how Iris is skilled in electronics radios and other devices too I love the whales I love the Alaska cruise portions – the only cruise I’ve taken as an adult was to Alaska in 1983 so it was fun to “be back there” with some common experiences I’m happy for Iris and I guess I’m supposed to feel happy for the whale too but I felt only partial solaceI did kind of love this book but it’s 4 12 not 5 stars for me rounded down despite the author’s explanation This would have probably been a favorite 5 star book for me at ages 9 12 and that’s the target audience for this book I think what bothered me now might not have bothered me back then The author’s notes at the end were wonderful and in my opinion needed inclusions I’ve always loved whales and it pains me that I couldn’t uite accept portions of the story As I read I wasn’t uite sure about how to take the whales’ voices thoughts feelings and that kind of took me out of the story just a bit I couldn’t wait to read the author’s notes but I didn’t want spoilers so I waited until I’d finished the book Perhaps I should have read everything in the back when I got to page 76 of the hardcover edition I don’t think the story would have been spoiled for me but I didn’t know that I wanted to know about whales and how realisticunrealistic things were what was fantasy that either worked or notI did really really like this book and I will definitely read other books by this author

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Song for a Whale5 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 hi Song For a Whale was such a wonderful story to read I have always loved whales and being near the ocean This story brought me just a bit closer through a 12 year old girl named Iris Iris is deaf and hardly has any friends at her school She goes through most of her day alone and not fitting in When she learns about a whale with a uniue song in one of her classes she becomes obsessed with this whaleBlue 55 is a fictional character in Kelly’s story but is based off of a real whale named 52 Hertz Blue 55 can’t communicate with other whales because his song is on a different freuency than other whales This means he travels alone and is never able to connect with others yet he keeps singing his song hoping someone will respond back one dayIris feels such a strong connection with Blue 55 that she is determined to produce a song on his freuency and have the animal sanctuary play it back for him But nothing is ever uite that easy when your 12 years oldThis story also focused on the life of a deaf person and how they see and understand the world I’ve always wanted to take a sign language class Over the years I have picked up a few signs while working with many non verbal preschoolersThis book is for anyone that loves animals or has ever struggled to fit in their part of the world I loved it I will definitely be checking out Chained next