Thursday, January 31, 2019

Song for a Whale Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly today :D Huge thank you to the publisher, Random House Kids, for inviting me to take part in this tour and for sending me a free ARC to read and review. Though the book was not really for me, I find it to be gorgeous. And I think you should all read this stunning looking book. I'm positive a whole lot of kids will adore it. My review of the book can be found here. Today I'm sharing a spotlight post about the book and an international giveaway at the end of it :D Sponsored by the publisher, and shipped by me. You should all definitely enter to win. Good luck :)

"Fascinating, brave, and tender...a triumph." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

"Beautifully written and such an important story for kids with big struggles in their lives. I fell into Iris's world from the first chapter. Lynne Kelly does an amazing job telling the story from Iris's perspective." --Millicent Simmonds, actress, Wonderstruck and A Quiet Place

"Quick-moving, suspenseful...this remains a satisfying, energetic read. Iris' adventures will engross readers." --Kirkus Reviews

"This finely crafted novel affectingly illuminates issues of loneliness, belonging, and the power of communication." --Publishers Weekly

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to "sing" to him! But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.

Lynne Kelly writes contemporary middle grade and young adult fiction. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, grew up in Houston, lived in some much colder places, then found her way back to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter. For a few years she also taught special education, a good career for someone with excellent organizational and planning skills. Lacking those skills, she quit teaching in 2006 and thankfully has more time to write. But it was during those teaching years that she worked with some great kids and became interested in writing, so that all worked out.

Her debut novel, CHAINED, is out now from Macmillan/FSG. SONG FOR A WHALE is coming in February 2019 from Random House/Delacorte.

Where to find Lynne Kelly:

GIVEAWAY! Enter to win an ARC of Song for a Whale :D

There will be one winner.
Must reply to email within 48 hours.
ARC sponsored by publisher, shipped by me.


  1. This sounds like such a lovely book!

  2. I'd totally check out the book just because of the cover art!

  3. This looks like a wonderful book. The plot sounds intriguing.

  4. I appreciate your article and look forward to reading the book. Thank you!


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