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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 96
Themes: whale beaching, maritime emergency, metal detectors, whale rescue, Pacific Northwest islands, homeschooling
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 25/Feb/2020
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? “Walters has woven a touching story about the connection humans have with other living beings on Earth. Recommended for wide purchase.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Dylan lives on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest with his parents, but when they have to go to the mainland, his grandfather weathers a storm to come spend time with him. Grandpa’s brought Dylan a number of gifts, and one comes in handy the next day while they are exploring the coast. In fact, this gift leads the duo to a dangerous discovery: a young orca got stuck on the rocks during the storm. Racing against the sun and the heat, Dylan and Grandpa need to work together to figure out how to save the calf while his pod circles nearby.

Kirkus Reviews
“Scientific information is seamlessly woven in. Accessible for transitioning readers and graced with the occasional grayscale illustration, the book offers fast-paced action and tension surrounding the whale's fate—both will keep readers invested.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“The story highlights grandparents (and other adults) as support systems, sounding boards, and sources of advice, but sets the stage for children as heroes of their own tales. Children can experience vicarious empowerment and hopefully translate that fearlessness and determination into their own lives. Highly Recommended.”
School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Walters has woven a touching story about the connection humans have with other living beings on Earth. Recommended for wide purchase.”
School Library Connection
“A delightful early chapter book... Carefully yet simply crafted with just the right amount of detail, this tale will engage early nature and adventure readers who are yearning for chapter books.”
Must Read Lit: K thru YA
“A beautifully written story that gives the reader a true feeling of life on a remote island.”
Canadian Teacher Magazine
“[A] page-turner…great for literature circles, guided reading groups, or whole class novel study.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2020 | Commended
Washington Library Association OTTER Award  | 2022 | Short-listed

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