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The Forever Whale

by Sarah Lean (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product Description

Unforgettable, moving stuff by the author of A Dog Called Homeless. Can a whale save Hannah’s grandad as his memory starts to fade? A shared story can last forever. Memories scoop you up and take you back to another time, so you can feel things all over again. All their lives, Hannah and Grandad have shared memories, bringing bright things up out of the past. But now Grandad’s forgotten everything. Worse, he hasn’t yet told Hannah his most important memory – the one about a whale… We can think of some truly epic books about age and memory: Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond; River Boy by Tim Bowler. Well, this wonderful book deserves to rank alongside them.

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780007512225

Publisher

HarperCollins

Date published

July 31st, 2014

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 5.0 points

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Sarah Lean

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Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a page planner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester. A Dog Called Homeless was her first novel, and a brilliant success. She has followed that up with the equally beautiful stories A Horse for Angel and The Forever Whale.

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    fairydust2015
    on 30 December 2014

    This book is very heartbreaking, in a good way! The story is about a child’s mother has passed away and she see’s her as an invisible woman. She keeps on telling her farther but her farther can not see her and only the child can see her.

    Read the book to find out more!

    -Disha

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    AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    It’s a lovely story but a bit boring.

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    Mohsen1010
    on 8 March 2014

    Yet another beautiful book by Sarah Lean, well written with a satisfying ending. May be upsetting for those who may not be fully aware of Alzheimer’s disease. All in all, a very good book.

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    sealsammy
    on 7 March 2014

    very toutching book

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    magic-fairy
    on 7 March 2014

    Unforgettable, moving stuff by the author of A Dog Called Homeless. Can a whale save Hannah’s grandad as his memory starts to fade? A shared story can last forever. Memories scoop you up and take you back to another time, so you can feel things all over again. All their lives, Hannah and Grandad have shared memories, bringing bright things up out of the past. But now Grandad’s forgotten everything. Worse, he hasn’t yet told Hannah his most important memory – the one about a whale… We can think of some truly epic books about age and memory: Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond; River Boy by Tim Bowler. Well, this wonderful book deserves to rank alongside them.

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    Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    This book was ok but wasn’t my type

    5out of 5