By Kelly, Lynne
A stirring and heart-warming tale of a young deaf girl who is determined to make a difference. For fans of Wonder. Iris was born deaf, but she's never let that define her; after all, it's the only way she's ever known life to be. And until recently she wasn't even very lonely, be...cause her grandparents are both deaf, too. But Grandpa has just died and Grandma's not the same without him. The only place Iris really feels at home anymore is in her electronics workshop where she loves taking apart antique radios. Then, during a lesson about sound waves, Iris's science teacher introduces the class to a whale that scientists at a marine sanctuary in Alaska are tracking because they are fascinated by its inability to communicate with other whales. The lonely whale awakens something in Iris. She's determined to show him that someone in the world knows he's there. Iris reaches out to communicate with the researchers with a foolproof plan to help the whale and although the researches respond positively, it's not enough: Iris wants to find the whale herself. One stolen credit card, two cruise ship tickets, and the adventure of a lifetime later, Iris and the whale each break through isolation to help one another be truly heard in ways that neither had ever expected. The diverse and accessible main character, contemporary setting and the heart-warming human-animal connection are all sure to make it popular with readers who have recently embraced animal stories such as Pax, and stories with nuanced, insightful portrayals of diversity like Wonder, El Deafo and Counting by Sevens.Read more
Lynne Kelly has spent 25 years as a sign-language interpreter, enabling her to write Iris' story with acute insight, awareness, and sensitivity. Her first novel, the award-winning Chained (FSG, 2012), won the SCBWI's Crystal Kite award, and sold 15,000 copies in hardcover. Lynne lives in Houston, Texas.
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