A Whale of the Wild

HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2020. 240p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062995926.
Gr 3-7–Vega is a young orca whale being trained by her mother to one day be the group’s Wayfinder—the whale who navigates their extended family toward food and away from danger. Vega is reckless and impulsive, but when she and her young cousin are separated from the pod by an earthquake and the resulting tsunami, Vega must use her wayfinding skills to reunite them with their elders. In the style of A Wolf Called Wander, Parry tells the story through the animal voices of both Vega and Deneb, weaving a great deal of information about orcas and their habits (and the negative effects that both humans and climate change are having on the orca population) into the narrative. The back matter contains resources for those interested in learning more.
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