Mandy HagerSinging 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
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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).