Book Birthday Bash: Song For a Whale

Book Birthday Bash


Song for a WhaleHappy Book Birthday to SONG FOR A WHALE!

In this middle-grade novel, the only place twelve-year-old Iris really feels at home anymore is in her electronics workshop where she repairs antique radios. She’s the only deaf student at her school, so she can’t talk to the other kids there. And she’s a frequent guest at the principal’s office. She always loved spending time with her deaf grandparents, but Grandpa is gone now and Grandma isn’t the same without him.

Then, during a science lesson about sound waves, Iris finds out about a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales. Iris knows how he must feel, and she’s decides to figure out a way to reach out to the whale and tell him someone hears his song.

We’re so happy you’re at our party for SONG FOR A WHALE. Join in the fun…


On an Alaskan cruise!


Whale songs.


Breakfast tacos from a good gas station cafe, like the one Iris stops by before taking off on her journey to track down the whale. Chocolate milk instead of coffee. Then, cruise ship cuisine like Alaskan salmon and creme brulee.


Iris’s favorite thing to do is repair old electronics she gets from the junkyard or antique store, so we have a table piled with electronics parts that party guests can build things with. It’s set up on the deck of the ship, of course, so we can whale watch! One of the club rooms are set up for sign language karaoke, where Iris’s grandma is hanging out.


Compasses and origami whales

SONG FOR A WHALE is written by Lynne Kelly and published by Random House/Delacorte. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Lynne Kelly | Photo: Sam Bond Photography

Lynne Kelly | Photo: Sam Bond Photography

Lynne Kelly‘s work as a sign language interpreter has taken her everywhere from classrooms to hospitals to Alaskan cruises. She lives near Houston, Texas with her adorable dog, Holly. SONG FOR A WHALE is her second novel. Find her online at and on Twitter at @LynneKelly.

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7 Responses

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This is one of my most anticipated books to read this year with the unique setting and character. I will learn so much about how it feels to be deaf and see the world in a different way and these are the best books that can do this for me.

  2. Kristine Paquette says:

    I cannot wait to read and add this book to my classroom library. BOOKTALKS!

  3. Allison Stout says:

    I had a blast at the party! What a fun and creative way to talk about books! I’m looking forward to reading SONG FOR A WHALE. It sounds wonderful!

  4. Amanda Stallard says:

    Can’t wait to read this book.

  5. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I didn’t attend, I just learned about it today. The book sounds like a good read!

  6. Kelly Van Kirk says:

    This book sounds amazing!

  7. Shari Sawyers says:

    I LOVE this book! And what a fun party!

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