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BOOK UP SO MANY TIMES ANDup so many times and single "Time It S Just Been Than I "it s ust been than I 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 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 I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad just the fact that she s a character who represents the Deaf community It s notust the sweet way that she ties her passion for radios into communicating with someone who is Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children 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 does kind 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 communicate 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 know They re going to love Song For A Whale and so are you 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 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 sust that the rest was such amazingly good realistic fiction and I found the unrealistic portions kind of arring 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 portraye. The story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species and the ourney she takes to help himFrom fixing the class computer to repairing old radios twelve year old Iris is a tech gen.
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book from Delacorte PressInitial ThoughtsI really liked this book I thought that the descriptions of Iris and her lifefrom Delacorte PressInitial ThoughtsI really liked this book I thought that the descriptions of Iris and her life 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 Lonestar Sanctuary just as interesting and Grandma was great All in all this wasust a very well done story 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 gradeit generally deals with serious issues with sense of hope I think this is even true of middle grade 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 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 ust 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 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 her own to see the whale eventually teaming up with her grandmother who is adrift having recently lost her husband of many years I liked Iris befriending the daughter of the marine biologist scientist on the cruise ship. 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. .