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July 16, 2015



On a wild Scottish island, a tragedy washes up on the storm-beaten shore the bodies of a whale and a man. Fraser, desperate for adventure, and American visitor Hayley, fed up with the island’s isolation, become tangled up in the mystery.

But Fraser’s younger brother Dunny is distraught by the discovery. He hasn’t spoken in years, and lately he’s been acting  more strangely than ever. The whispering sea conceals a terrible secret.  To discover the truth, someone must learn to listen.

Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure; Hayley is fed up she’s even there; while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn’t said a word in years. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right. 
I have reviewed quite a few books for children/ young adults on my website. The reason I wanted to read The Sound of Whales is one that I love to explore to new authors, and for two I live not far from the coast, three being that when I was young I used to go Scotland for my holiday.
I can see why the author Kerr Thomson was the winner of the Times children’s fiction prize 2014. While reading The Sound of Whales where the descriptions of the scenery and the ripple effects of sounds it makes you feel like you are right there in the action of the sea. Kerr knows how to keep his audience interested.
Fraser has never taken a boat to sea in a storm before, but he never let Ben know that. In the wind Fraser was certain he had heard something in the water. But Ben thought that no one was there. Maybe Fraser had imagined it?
I am keeping a tight lid on what happens next. This is a magical wild adventure wholly different from all the other books that I have read. The story examines the idea of the natural world rising against a cruel humanity whales versus human traffickers. It explores the ability of communicating with animals, a subject of enduring fascination for children. We encounter important themes through Dunny’s character with mild autism, and his inspirational struggle to communicate and overcome his fears. With this touching and emotive tale of friendship and hidden strengths  I look forward to Kerr Thomson next magical adventure.



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