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Wilson, Jacqueline: The Longest Whale Song.

Wilson, Jacqueline

The Longest Whale Song

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Doubleday, 2010, pp314, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 385 61815 1

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Ella's not very happy. She doesn't like her new step-dad, hasn't seen her real dad in years, and has had to move house. Things become much more serious when her mum goes into a coma after having a baby. She is left worried, confused and with a step-dad who is struggling to cope with a new baby, her, his job and a seriously ill wife.

In the midst of all of this, Ella begins a new project on whales. She has always loved them, and Jack, her step-dad suggests it as a way for her to keep busy. As time progresses and mum shows no signs of improvement, Ella gives her mum a running whale commentary, even downloading whale noises onto her MP3 player to listen to. But will it all end happily for Ella's family?

This is a believable, genuine story, a situation that does and has happened to some families, and the actions and reactions of those around Ella ring true. Ella copes admirably with her situation, despite a few hiccups, far better than Jack or any of her mum's friends and relatives. The believability of the story makes it that much more poignant and you are willing her mum to get well.

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Author:Heath, Nikki
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Date:Mar 22, 2011
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