Sunday, 10 August 2014

Young Adult Fiction

TO BE RELEASED ON 5TH September 2014

NZ Writer

Mandy Hager  Singing Home the Whale  Random House 2014  $19.99pb 292pp    ISBN 978 1 7755 3657 4

Themes: Fishing communities/ Friendship/ Music/ Orcas/ Small Town New Zealand

A YouTube clip gone viral and a terrifying physical attack is part of the baggage Will brings with him when he comes to shelter with his uncle in a small fishing village somewhere in New Zealand. The discovery of a baby orca with whom Will instantly sets up a bond and wants to protect, does not bring the peace he deserves as the local fisherman look on the mammal as a threat. Amazingly lyrical language, environmental issues and a dramatic and poignant story make this yet another book to admire from a writer who knows just what will catch the imagination of readers of all ages. The book is charmingly illustrated with chapter heading decorations by Rose Lawson.        


Year 8 up/ Age 12 up (Mature younger readers will also love this).

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