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The Longest Whale Song

The Longest Whale Song

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By (author) Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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  • Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0440869137
  • ISBN 13: 9780440869139
  • Illustrations note: B+W chapter heads t/o
  • Sales rank: 21,040

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Ella's mum is in a deep coma, having just had a new baby. That means Ella has to live with Jack, her hopeless stepfather, and cope with her tiny newborn brother, as well as worrying about Mum. The only thing that's going right is her school project. It's all about whales and how they sing out to each other to attract a mate - sometimes for hours. Maybe a whale song could reach Mum, wherever she is, and bring her back to Ella and baby Samson. Surely it's worth a try?

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JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade. 'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES. 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY. 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER.

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"With its honest characters and dialogue, its unique coverage of the trauma Ella and her family experience, and its ability to unite readers with Ella's coping process is a tender, moving story in the classic Wilson mould" -- Alison Nolan Inis "Wilson's clear, honest writing crackles through this moving tale ... This absorbing novel packs an emotional punch which should satisfy Wilson's many fans, old and new" Booktrust "This story will delight ... As always, the characters are beautifully portrayed and you are really drawn into their lives, especially that of Ella" www.parentsintouch.co.uk

Back cover copy

Dear Mum, Oh dear, I know you can't read this but I still need to write to you. There's so much I want to tell you. I've been doing a special project about whales. Did you know that humpback whales can sing? Isn't it amazing to think of all those whales down in the depths of the ocean, singing? Usually the songs are quite short - but one whale was recorded singing non-stop for TWENTY-TWO HOURS! I'd sing for even longer if it would only make you wake up. I'm going to play you some beautiful whale songs when I visit you in hospital. You'll listen, won't you? Lots and lots and lots of love Ella xxxxxxxx