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ISBN: 9781524770235
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The reader can really relate to the main character, Iris, who is a young deaf girl. Iris learns in school about a lonely whale that can’t communicate with other whales because of the frequency of it’s song. The story is a well paced realistic fiction about how Iris travels on a cruise ship with her grandma to find the whale. Lynne Kelly does a great job of working Iris’s inner issues into the main plot. I could really feel the emotions of the book as I read it. A real page turner, “Song For A Whale” is a must read!

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ISBN: 9780525428459
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - March 26th, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. A modern style realistic fiction that takes place in 1984 Loves Forge, Tennessee, this novel is deep, with mature themes, but also a light sense of humor and wisdom. As stubborn Lyndie tries to deal with her dads’ alcoholism, her annoying prissy grandma, and an inspiring kid from the local juvenile detention center, she brings emotions to the reader. This is a truly a thoughtful and gripping book!

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ISBN: 9781524717667
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019


Piper Milly, a shy girl with a bold musical father, has always been a “blender”. She isn’t looking to stand out in the world. But when she learns her father got a job at a rich middle school and she’s transferring there, she can’t handle it. She’s going to have to find a way to be her best. Grabenstein really lets the reader see Piper’s point of view as she’s trying to find her own way to shine. This is an inspiring, truly shining book!