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How to Speak Dolphin

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ISBN: 9780545676076 Pages: 272 Ages: 8-12 Dimensions: 5.27" x 7.57"

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Lily loves her halfbrother, Adam, but his autism has taken over her life. Lily can't make friends or go out after school -- caring for Adam has forced Lily to become as much mother as sister. All Lily wants is for her stepfather, Don, to acknowledge that Adam has a real issue, and to find some kind of program that can help him. Then maybe she can have a life of her own.

Adam's always loved dolphins, so when Don, an oncologist, hears about a young dolphin with cancer, he offers to help. He brings Lily and Adam along, and Adam and the dolphin -- Nori -- bond instantly. Don is sure this is the answer to their problems.

Though Lily sees how much Adam loves Nori, she also knows deep down that the dolphin shouldn't spend the rest of her life in captivity, away from her own family. Can Adam find real help somewhere else? And can Lily help Nori regain her freedom without betraying her family?

This is a deeply moving story about love, freedom, and letting go.


Praise for How To Speak Dolphin by Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Ginny Rorby:

"Perfect for readers looking for a book about animals in captivity or tweens making a difference." -- Booklist

"In her newest exploration of animal-human relationships, Rorby's lonely, mature heroine faces tough but realistic situations. Siblings of children on the spectrum will identify with Lily [and] dolphin lovers will appreciate this look at our complicated relationship with these marine mammals." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Rorby paints a vivid picture of life with a child with autism and the struggles a family can face. This book will raise questions about the ethics of marine life attractions and leave readers rooting for Lily, an appealing narrator." -- School Library Journal
"The novel is brave and unflinching as it confronts difficult topics such as coping with disability, accepting a parent's death, and standing up for animal rights." --Horn Book Guide
"A compassionate look at a family coping with autism, as well as a surefire hit with budding animal-rights advocates." --The Plain Dealer

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