Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Iris is an extremely clever and industrious kid. She spends her spare time fixing up old radios but lately she’s been having a bit of a rough time. As the only deaf student in her school, Iris often feels lonely and isolated. One day in science class, Iris learns of a whale named Blue 55, whose unique call is at a different frequency to other whales. Iris is captivated by Blue 55. She contacts marine biology research organisations and is inspired to record a song at the same frequency as the whale so that it will know it’s not alone in this world.
Iris is determined to get her song to Blue 55. She finds an unlikely ally in her grandma and the two of them boldly board a cruise ship headed for waters where the whale may appear. This proves an enriching journey for both of them. Song for a Whale is a gorgeous novel that is clearly well researched. It’s an inspiring read, a beautifully written middle-grade novel that explores communication, family and friendship.
Highly recommended for ages 9+.