This is such a moving novel. Of course I loved reading about the sign language poems Iris writes and the aspects of Deaf culture the book explores. Her grandmother is a spitfire and the scene where she takes the stage during karaoke is one of my favorites. Learning about whale biology was fascinating as well, especially knowing that Blue 55 is based on a real whale. Strongly recommended!
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
4th - 6th grade
Tags: animals, character driven, contemporary fiction, disability, family life, school stories, SEL