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In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning 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 tender...a triumph." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Twelve-year-old Iris has a passion for electronics and repairing antique radios. She''s a strong student, too, except when she is hampered by the frustrations of being the only Deaf student in her classes. One day, Iris''s science class watches a video about a whale named Blue 55, a hybrid blue/fin whale with an extremely unique voice; the sounds he makes are around 55 hertz, unlike most other whales, which communicate at much lower frequencies. Moved by Blue 55''s very familiar struggle to communicate, Iris becomes determined to compose a song for Blue 55 at his frequency, and to play it for him in person. This mission involves a journey from her Houston home to Appleton, AK, that, miraculously, her widowed Grandma agrees to secretly arrange. Readers will need to suspend some disbelief in order to buy Iris''s adventure as realistic fiction, but the nuances of her personality make her a compelling protagonist. Iris''s depth of empathy, the joy she feels working with radios, and the skillful way she navigates two different worlds of communication create an authenticity that will resonate with Deaf and hearing readers alike. The paralyzing effects of grief are also addressed through Grandma. Gradual healing is depicted in a natural, healthy way, as Grandma turns away from isolation and begins using her talents, doing things that make her happy, and spending time with a loved one (Iris). VERDICT An uplifting tale that''s a solid addition to most collections; especially recommended for libraries needing stronger representation of Deaf protagonists, which will be most.-Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Schneider Family Book Award Winner
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year


"At its luminous heart, Song for a Whale is a tale about longing for connection and finding it in the most magical and unexpected of places. Fascinating, brave and tender, this is a story like no other about a song like no other. A triumph." —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

Song for a Whale is beautifully written and is 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

"A quick-moving, suspenseful plot takes her from junkyards to a cruise ship as she [Iris] gains the confidence to stand up for herself and take control of her life. Written by a sign-language interpreter, this story incorporates important elements of Deaf culture and the expansiveness and richness of ASL...this remains a satisfying, energetic read. Iris'' adventures will engross readers." — Kirkus Reviews

"The strength of the book is its strong portrayal of Iris as a deaf girl in a hearing world and an intelligent 12-year-old in headlong, single-minded pursuit of her goal." — Booklist

"Subtly and poignantly drawing a parallel between the girl and whale, Kelly ( Chained), who has worked as a sign language interpreter, relays Iris’s venture with credibility and urgency. This finely crafted novel affectingly illuminates issues of loneliness, belonging, and the power of communication." — Publishers Weekly

"Iris’s depth of empathy, the joy she feels working with radios, and the skillful way she navigates two different worlds of communication create an authenticity that will resonate with Deaf and hearing readers alike...  An uplifting tale that’s a solid addition to most collections; especially recommended for libraries needing stronger representation of Deaf protagonists." — SLJ

About the Author

Lynne Kelly has always loved reading, but while working as a special education teacher, she fell in love with children''s literature all over again. She lives in Houston, Texas, and works as a sign language interpreter while writing books for kids. Her first book, Chained, was a South Asia Book Award Honor and Crystal Kite Award winner. Song for a Whale is her second novel. Find her online at http://lynnekellybooks.com/wordpress and on Twitter at @LynneKelly.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Until last summer I thought the only thing I had in common with that whale on the beach was a name.

 

I sat with Grandpa after collecting shells and driftwood scattered along the shore, and wildflowers from the dunes. The shells and driftwood were for Grandma, and the flowers were for the whale. Grandpa had asked how school was going, and I told him it was the same, which wasn’t good. I’d been at that school for two years and still felt like the new kid.

 

Grandpa patted the sand next to him. “Did you know she was probably deaf too?” he signed.

 

I didn’t have to ask who he meant. The whale had been buried there for eleven years, and my parents had told me enough times about what happened that day.

 

I shook my head. I hadn’t known that, and I didn’t know why Grandpa was changing the subject. Maybe he didn’t know what to tell me anymore about school.

 

The whale had beached herself the same day I was born. When she was spotted in the shallow waters of the Gulf, some people stood on the shore and watched her approach. My grandma ran into the cold February water and tried to push her away from land, as if she could make a forty-ton animal change her mind about where she wanted to go. That was really dangerous. Even though the whale was weak by then, one good whack with a tail or flipper could have knocked Grandma out. I don’t know what I would’ve done--jumped in like she did or just stood there.

 

“She wasn’t born deaf like we were,” Grandpa continued. “The scientists who studied her said it had just happened. Maybe she’d been swimming near an explosion from an oil rig or a bomb test.”

 

When Grandpa told a story, I saw it as clearly as if it were happening right there in front of me. His signing hands showed me the whale in an ocean that suddenly went quiet, swimming over there, over there, over there, trying to find the sounds again. Maybe that was why she’d been there on our Gulf of Mexico beach instead of in deep ocean waters where she belonged. Sei whales didn’t swim so close to shore. Only her, on that day.

 

“A whale can’t find its way through a world without sound,” Grandpa added. “The ocean is dark, and it covers most of the earth, and whales live in all of it. The sounds guide them through that, and they talk to one another across oceans.”

 

With the familiar sounds of the ocean gone, the whale was lost in her new silent world. A rescue group came to the beach and tried to save the whale, and they called her Iris. Grandma asked my parents to give the name to me, too, since I’d entered the world as the whale was leaving it.

 

After the marine biologists learned all they could from her, she was buried right there on the beach, along with the unanswered questions about what had brought her to that shore.

 

We lived on that coast until the summer after second grade, when my family moved to Houston for my dad’s new job. Since then, we went back just once or twice a summer. The good thing about our new home was that it was closer to my grandparents. I liked being able to spend more time with them, especially since they were both Deaf like me. But we all missed the beach, and I missed being around kids like me. My old school had just a few Deaf kids, but that was enough. We had our classes together, and we had one another.

 

“But it’s different for us,” Grandpa signed. “Out here, there’s more light, and all we need is our own small space to feel at home. Sometimes it takes time to figure things out. But you’ll do it. You’ll find your way.”

 

I wish I’d asked him then how long that would take.

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Kimberly Sabatini
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One of My Favorite Reads of the Year!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2019
Even though the cover of this book is so gorgeous it''s hard to stop staring at it, once you begin reading you can''t help but fall in love with this book. I adore stories where every thread in the book supports the character arc in a way that is smooth and feels just... See more
Even though the cover of this book is so gorgeous it''s hard to stop staring at it, once you begin reading you can''t help but fall in love with this book. I adore stories where every thread in the book supports the character arc in a way that is smooth and feels just right--that is what you get with SONG FOR A WHALE. Everything has a purpose and it all unrolls at the perfect time to make your heart soar.

Iris is such a spunky yet vulnerable character, you can''t help but root for her. Her Grandmother is a blast. And every other character in the story was well rounded, full of strengths and flaws to make them relatable. Each one captured my heart and attention as I swam through the pages. I loved them all. And learning more about the deaf community is fascinating.

And then there is that wonderful whale, Blue 55. Haven''t we all had a time where we were wandering through the world and weren''t sure that no one else was hearing us? This whale will touch your heart and you will be rooting for both him and Iris the whole way through.

After swimming through this book, it is not a stretch to believe that Kelly''s latest book will be in the hands of young readers for a very long time. As a fan of her debut, CHAINS, I can''t wait to see what she writes next.
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Mark
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one of my favorite middle-grade main characters ever!
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
This is such a rich, beautiful book, and Iris is one of my favorite middle-grade main characters ever. She is a bit prickly, perhaps, but for reasons the reader can totally empathize with. Neither her parents nor her classmates nor her teachers really understand her deeply.... See more
This is such a rich, beautiful book, and Iris is one of my favorite middle-grade main characters ever. She is a bit prickly, perhaps, but for reasons the reader can totally empathize with. Neither her parents nor her classmates nor her teachers really understand her deeply. And despite it all, she remains caring and open to new people.

Iris''s electronics talents are handled beautifully. They aren''t treated as some kind of "girl tech genius" mystical powers. Instead, Iris''s narration shows the concrete process through which she has learned to repair old radios, and how her passion for it and attention to detail let her do things that seem like magic to the other people. The radio repair descriptions were a mini-highlight of the book that could be inspiring to a lot of kids.

When Iris embarks on an expedition that helicopter parents (and most other parents besides) might find a little horrifying, the move feels true to her character, and the reader understands why she *has* to go. In the best spirit of children''s literature, SONG FOR A WHALE is about a quest. Instead of a magical wardrobe or the Shire, this quest starts in a classroom presentation about a whale who can''t communicate. But it has the same urgency and epic character as those famous quests, and it will change everything for the main character in a similar way.

As someone without direct personal experience of deafness, I very much appreciated the depiction of Deaf culture and what it is like for deaf people to communicate with each other and with hearing people. Iris''s narration gave me more insight into the day-to-day experience of a deaf person, making it seem close rather than distant, and illuminating its joys as well as its frustrations.

SONG FOR A WHALE is a lovely, unique book, and I couldn''t recommend it more highly!
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J. L. DeCastro
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Belonging
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
MG (8-12), FICTION, STEM (science, technology), DEAF Twelve-year-old Iris is deaf. Iris is not very interested in school as communications with teachers and other students is a chore, even though she has an assist person to interpret for her throughout the day.... See more
MG (8-12), FICTION, STEM (science, technology), DEAF

Twelve-year-old Iris is deaf. Iris is not very interested in school as communications with teachers and other students is a chore, even though she has an assist person to interpret for her throughout the day. She feels like no one "hears" her. One of her science teachers gives a presentation about a whale called BLUE 55 who''s song is at 55Hz , no match for any other whale traveling the Pacific Ocean. Iris immediately feels a connection to BLUE 55. Iris also has an interesting hobby of repairing old tube style radios. She can''t hear the music, but feels the vibrations made by sound.Figuring that BLUE 55 must be very lonely she sets about to create a song for BLUE at his range of 55 Hz. Can she get other adults on-board to help BLUE?? The story is about the importance of finding others that you can communicate with and finding your "Pod" - belonging. SONG FOR A WHALE is a very clever story written by an expert in ASL (American Sign Language) and gives hope for those who feel alone in the world! BLUE 55 is based on a real whale communicating at 52 Hz. Very well researched!! A great read!!
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orcadeb
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Touching and beautiful!
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2019
My daughter and granddaughter got this book at the library, and knowing how much I love all whales, they told me about it so we could read together. I got it immediately on Amazon because I couldn’t wait for it to be available at the library. Our daughter, though... See more
My daughter and granddaughter got this book at the library, and knowing how much I love all whales, they told me about it so we could read together. I got it immediately on Amazon because I couldn’t wait for it to be available at the library.

Our daughter, though not herself deaf, got interested in ASL when she was in middle school. She’s kept it up and even taught her kids. Their family had a deaf friend and they wanted to be able to communicate with him. Their wedding 18 yrs ago was “signed” as well.

This story had me in tears at several points. It helps demonstrate how alone people can feel when they can’t communicate or be understood. Though this is written for kids, it is a great read for any age. Ands it’s interesting to know that it is loosely based on a real whale. It is also well-done in the audiobook version.
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Karen
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Spunky, honest, lovable Iris will take you on an adventure!
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
This is one of those beautiful stories where you walk in the shoes of the first person narrator and see a side of things you may not always understand on your own. For me as a teacher and someone who does not speak ASL, this was especially true. I loved Iris''s strength.... See more
This is one of those beautiful stories where you walk in the shoes of the first person narrator and see a side of things you may not always understand on your own. For me as a teacher and someone who does not speak ASL, this was especially true. I loved Iris''s strength. The relationship between Iris and her karaoke-loving Grandma was really special, and I was glad to go on their adventure to Alaska with them. Middle grade stories with animals can''t stay on my classroom shelves, and I know that my students will love Iris''s story as much as I did.
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Laura B
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Finding Her Voice
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
Iris struggles to relate to the kids in her school as the only deaf person in a hearing world. Instead of hanging out with friends, she spends her free time fixing old radios. She loves to feel the rumble that comes from the antique machines when she finally gets them... See more
Iris struggles to relate to the kids in her school as the only deaf person in a hearing world. Instead of hanging out with friends, she spends her free time fixing old radios. She loves to feel the rumble that comes from the antique machines when she finally gets them working just right.

One day at school, her teacher introduces her to a blue whale who’s song is different from all other whales. The whale, Blue 55, appears to travel alone and has unique migrating patterns. Iris is immediately enamored with the story and works up a plan to help Blue 55 hear a song he can understand and to know he’s not alone.



This is a fantastic story that covers so many topics, but is ultimately a tale about finding your voice when you feel so alone. This was a WONDERFUL story that I highly recommend for middle grade readers. The author’s note at the end is especially interesting.
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M. G. King
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Lyrical story with whale-sized heart
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
Smart and expressive, Iris is a heroine that does not disappoint. Struggling for friendship in a school without other Deaf students, Iris becomes fascinated with the plight of Hertz 55, a whale who sings too high to be understood by the other whales in the ocean. Kelly... See more
Smart and expressive, Iris is a heroine that does not disappoint. Struggling for friendship in a school without other Deaf students, Iris becomes fascinated with the plight of Hertz 55, a whale who sings too high to be understood by the other whales in the ocean. Kelly wraps this beautiful story up in her simple, lyrical prose and gives it whale-sized heart. This luminous story about communication and connection will resonate with anyone who has ever felt misunderstood or unheard.
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Chris Saulnier
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No English words for this book!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
There are no words to describe this book! It is absolutely amazing! My daughter is 4th year ASL student. I bought this book on a whim when I bought another book for my daughter to read and write a book report on for ASL. This book encompasses ASL culture (at home and in... See more
There are no words to describe this book! It is absolutely amazing! My daughter is 4th year ASL student. I bought this book on a whim when I bought another book for my daughter to read and write a book report on for ASL. This book encompasses ASL culture (at home and in school and in general, written from the perspective of a 12 year-old girl) and science on so many levels. It’s written for young readers but as an adult I couldn’t put it down it was so captivating. I also found myself catching sentences I would read over and over because of the profound truths found in them for today’s living. I loved it so much I bought Chained, this authors other book. I only see two but secretly hope she has written more. It says she lives in the Houston area. It would be amazing if my daughter could run into her and they could communicate through sign! Amazing author! Amazing book!
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Mellys
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Fab book, uplifting and intriguing story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2019
Item came quickly, not damaged. My daughter is very pleased and loves the story. Shes nearly 11 and the story combines the real world and fiction so very well
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SJ
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Recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2021
Arrived in good condition. Recommended by a friend but hasn’t been read yet.
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Nice book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2019
Quite simple and easy to read I like the idea. I think it''s a book a teenager would enjoy, especially a nature lover.
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Lynne Davis
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Absolutely loved this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 3, 2019
Absolutely loved this book
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It’s very moving , great descriptive writing I LOVED it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2020
Recommend it to all of my friends
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