Ate with Blue 55 right from the start and you couldn t have pulled this book away from me if you triedI could gush on and on about the familial relationships in this book or the way that it deals so perfectly with the loss of a loved one but it would take many paragraphs than you d want to read The fact of the matter is that this is both a gorgeous and important story I thought the ending was a little bit out there but I had to remind myself that my middle grade self would have LOVED it It s sweet and Iris definitely deserved a happily ever afterRead this Put it into the hands of all the budding readers that you now They re going to love Song For A Whale and so are you DNFI wanted so badly to read this because this sounds like an absolutely incredible important story that needs to be told and I will absolutely recommend this story to others I just couldn t do it to myself The actual whale this story was inspired by 52 Blue is a story that I learned of many years ago and it has upset me so badly I can barely stand thinking about it Something about 52 Blue s loneliness is just literally one of the most heart breaking things I ve ever heard of and the parallels to a lonely deaf child is a painful but real story that like I said is so worth reading But I ve tried to pick this book up so many times and every single time it s just been than I can handle thinking about this much I feel guilty for not finishing and giving this the proper and undoubtedly raving review it deserves Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review What a lovely and heartfelt story based on true events bringing light to the deaf community Middle grade is so under appreciated Loved this What a beautiful story We follow Iris a young deaf girl who learns about Blue 55 a whale who sings at a different freuency than any other whale Blue 55 eeps singing and swimming even though he s not understood or accepted by other whale pods Iris feels connected to Blue 55 and is determined to 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 ind 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 mother father brother Wendell and his family some of Iris s teachers and classmates The family and friend and school relationships 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 All Roads Lead Home 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 didind 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 ind 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 now that I wanted to now 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. 5 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. Interesting premise a deaf 12 year old girl learns of the plight of a bi species whale who cannot communicate with others because its song is at a different freuency Iris comes up with a great idea to send a song at 55 dB While Iris is determined to help she is also very self centered and does not seem to care much for anyone else except herself She decides to head to Alaska on h 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 eeps 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 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 ind 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 into any ind of Magically Perfect Person trope She s well executed and realistic and it makes her easy
"TO ROOT FOR SHE S DEAF BUT THAT S "root for she s deaf but that s 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 nown 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 "condescending to the audience The book as a whole is a good example of why 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 This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in BooksI liked this book uite 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 uickly was lost in Iris s world I really had a great time with this bookIris 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 eeps being paired up with a classmate who claims to now sign language but whose hand motions make no sense to Iris at all She feel. 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.
Lynne Kelly ✓ 1 DOWNLOADS very aloneIris s attention is grabbed by a whale that she learns
About In School Thatin school that at a different freuency 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 nowledge 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 peopleI 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 uest 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 written story about a little girl and a giant whale that I 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 PressInitial 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 As a former American Sign LanguageEnglish Interpreter I get very excited when I see a book about Deaf culture and ASL This is one of those times With Song For A Whale Lynne Kelly an ASLEnglish Interpreter herself has written a touching entertaining and informative coming of age story about Iris a twelve year old girl and a uniue whale who both struggle to communicate and find their place within the world around them Iris is an interesting main character she s smart curious and has some fire in her But she s also very very lonely She is a Deaf tween in a hearing family who goes to a hearing school whose only Deaf influence is her grandmother and only friend Wendell Her isolation and loneliness are palpable but after reading about Blue 55 a whale who struggles to communicate at the same freuency as other whales Iris feels a Just Cause kinship with it With the help of her Grandma whose relationship with Iris was one of my favourite parts of the book and her exceptional electronics skills they set off on an adventure to help the whale Through this compelling and touching story Kelly weaves information about Deaf culture information that may be new to many hearing readers Topics include the limited ASL skills of some hearing family members Deaf poetry different groups within the deaf community and Deaf pride Overall this was a good middle school read about a spunky girl who just so happens to be Deaf Her deafness didn t limit or define who she is as a person and I loved that And while the ending was a little too surreal for me I think Middle School readers will eat it up This is a good coming of age story with a dash of adventure that has important messages about inclusion understanding and the importance of familial bondsNote I highly recommend reading the author s notes at the back of the book for information about Deaf culture I ve written then deleted at least four different versions of this review so far Sometimes you pick up a story and it s so poignant so important that it s really hard to write anything resembling a coherent review That s this book right here Lynne Kelly has created something magical with Iris story It s not just the fact that she s a character who represents the Deaf community It s not just the sweet way that she ties her passion for radios into communicating with someone who is just as lost as she is in a sea of others What makes this book special is how simply it shows how important connections are To others to yourself to the world I teared up while reading this book and trust me you re probably going to as wellI wanted to give love first and foremost to Iris as a protagonist You can absolutely tell that Kelly did her research because Iris is precisely what readers from the Deaf community would be looking for in a character Her inability to hear doesn t define her but it doesind of set her apart in the world that she is attempting to navigate as a young person She does a lot of growing from the start of the book but my favorite part was watching her learn that she wasn t the only one who felt that way I won t spoil but there s a lot in this book about accepting others and especially appreciating their efforts to learnThe scientific portion of this story or the portion that had to do with the ever amazing Blue 55 was also beautifully executed Learning about whale songs right alongside Iris made me smile Kelly peppers in things like whale spout shapes and fluke shapes all the while making the learning feel like a normal part of the story Plus Iris passion for all of this is infectious I was rooting for her to communic. Ius 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 now how hard that can beWhen she learns about Blue ,