I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook
Published by Peachtree Publishing Company on February 1, 2022
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A Sri Lankan fisherboy is swept up in a thrilling seafaring adventure, complete with a kidnapping, missing treasure, and a huge blue whale! From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant.
Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side.
Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating escapade in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all.
Author Nizrana Farook has crafted another briskly paced, action-packed quest that swells with empathetic heroes, missing treasure, and a great beast lurking beneath. Set against a vibrant, authentic landscape inspired by Sri Lanka, this delightful caper will thrill young fans of adventure and fantasy.
A Financial Times Best Children’s Book of the Year
Also available from Nizrana Farhook:
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
“It’s a thrilling, old-fashioned treasure hunt, and the Sri Lankan setting makes familiar arcs feel fresh. Short, action-packed chapters keep things moving at a fast clip, while lush descriptions and flashes of beauty (including an astonishing encounter with the titular whale) will keep readers absorbed. A proper adventure story with a tender heart.”-Booklist
“An exciting and appealing page-turner.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Farook invokes the beauty of her native Sri Lanka with sparkling descriptions of island and sea. . . . This lyrical story, reminiscent of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories will be appreciated by all lovers of adventurous fairy tales.”-School Library Journal
This is such a fun read with siblings Razi and his sister Shifa finding adventure in their small fishing community. Razi is watching baby turtles advance into the waves when a small boat appears with a boy who is almost dead and he has a secret. Zheng has survived a poisoning and a shipwreck only to find himself in a place that he knows nothing about nor has friends until he meets the siblings. The boys soon have adventure on their minds when a treasure map as they try to reclaim a stolen artifact. There are villainous adults, pirates, and just enough heart-pounding escapades to keep the pages turning.
I love that the author’s words are so lyrical and filled with humor at just the right time. The trio has such unique personalities that mesh together so easily and make you want to go along with the adventure. I love how Razi connects with animals and his love of all creatures makes a mark when he comes upon the titular Whale. This is a fast-paced adventure perfect for middle-grade readers at all levels.
Nizrana Farook was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the beautiful landscapes of her home country find their way into the stories she writes. She has a master’s degree in writing for young people, and lives in Hertfordshire, England with her husband and two daughters.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE BOY WHO MET A WHALE, US Only.
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