You may have gathered that I read a lot of books. I believe my count for the year is up to 25. As I begin researching my next project, I am reading a lot of middle grade fiction. I highlighted a few titles in my July book blog post. Today, I would like to share one incredible book that Tom Burn’s article on Read Brightly highlights.
No matter how old we are, we long to fit in. No matter where we are on our journey, at our core, we don’t want to be alone. This sentiment is at the heart of Lynne Kelly’s Song For A Whale. The main character Iris, is the only deaf student in a public school. She feels completely isolated and misunderstood until her science teacher introduces her to the whale Blue 55. Blue 55 is also alone because of his inability to make the other whales hear him.
Not only did I connect deeply with this story, I connected with the author as well. Lynne’s career as a sign language interpreter has helped her develop a deep understanding of the deaf community and the daily struggles kids like Iris have. As a mother and a teacher, I have come face to face with many facets of life that I have not experience personally. It has broadened my horizons and made me a better human being. But if I am honest, I have not always succeeded. This book make me think through my past interactions and take time to plan for the future.
I highly suggest you check it out! It will be well worth the read!
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