Review of Singing Home the Whale – Mandy Hager

Posted: September 23, 2014 in general fiction, Review, young adult

Singing Home the Whale

City boy Will Jackson is hiding out in a small South Island fishing community while he recovers from a humiliating incident that was filmed and has gone viral. When he discovers an abandoned baby Orca, his life becomes more chaotic as he calls for help to protect it from hostile locals. The orca and Will develop a unique bond through his love of singing, as well as Will finding friends that help him recover.

Each chapter is told from a different perspective, Will’s or the orca’s, and gives the heartbreaking back story to the baby whale. The plot moves quickly and is full of drama, tension, and romance, with the characters real and well-rounded. The story explores many environmental issues and shows how important it is to be involved.

This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me think. I recommend it for adults and teens alike, and anyone with the faintest interest in marine life will love it.


Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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