About The Book
Written by Rosanne Parry
Publisher’s Synopsis: In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats.
For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?
A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. New York Times-bestselling author Rosanne Parry’s fluid writing and Lindsay Moore’s stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.
Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout, a map, and extensive backmatter about orcas and their habitats.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Greenwillow Books | September 1, 2020 | ISBN-13: 9780062995926
A Whale of the Wild is the perfect middle grade novel for animal lovers. The story centers around an orca named Vega and how she learns to lead the family to find food, follow her ancestors’ migration routes, and keep everyone safe. She has a deep doubt that she is the right one to lead as decisions she makes along the way don’t always lead to a great result. When Vega and her brother end up separated from the pod, she will have to learn how to be more confident to get back to her family.
The story is so well researched that it comes through in the strength of the plot. I think from what we can learn about orcas though we are human, the personality and the hazardous of being one come through in this beautiful story. The story is told in the voices of both Vegas and Deneb; by doing this, you can double look at what transpires as the orcas navigate the water.
A Whale of the Wild is a great book to use in an elementary setting for science as it will open up doors to talk about the plights of orcas and other animals that live in our oceans. Talks about what toxins do to sea life, what we can do to help, and what has been done to better the issues. Like some middle grade books, it is done with amazing pictures that kids this age still enjoy seeing in a story—a fantastic tale for any animal lover.
About The Author
Rosanne Parry is the author of the novels Heart of a Shepherd and Last of the Name, among other acclaimed titles. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, and writes in a treehouse in her backyard. www.rosanneparry.com
About the Illustrator
Lindsay Moore is an artist and writer with roots in Northern Michigan. She studied marine biology and fine art at Southampton College on Long Island and figure drawing at the Art Students League of New York, and earned her master of science in medical and scientific illustration from Medical College of Georgia, now Augusta University. Lindsay Moore lives with her family in Bowling Green, Ohio.
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Giveaway begins September 1, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 15, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.