Willa and the Whale

Chad Morris (Author) Shelly Brown (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Shadow Mountain
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
5.7 X 1.2 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. Neither of those plans quite panned out, so he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college. Now he's a teacher and a writer.

Shelly Brown loves to write books for children. In her spare time, she enjoys the theater and traveling. In addition to her five children, she has three chickens and sixty-four Pez dispensers.


"A tale of grief, mourning, and the power of community to restore one's emotional balance after a tragedy. On a whale-watching trip with her father, Willa discovers she can talk to a whale named Meg....This magical encounter becomes an extended metaphor for the guidance she still needs from her mother, and a manifestation of an emotional goodbye that she is still negotiating. Each chapter opens with fascinating facts on unique marine life that create nonfiction entry points for research. Willa's character offers emotional insight into the layers of grief experienced by someone who loses a parent, and builds empathy in young readers. This must-purchase may challenge readers to keep a dry eye."-- "School Library Journal, starred review"
"In the wake of her mother's sudden death, Willa navigates a new course with her blended family and friends... When she's on a welcome-home, whale-watching cruise with her dad, a humpback breaches close by and speaks to her. Willa, an exceptionally well-informed marine enthusiast, is enchanted. When Willa calls her from the beach, Meg, a mature female who's birthed and nurtured offspring of her own, offers a sympathetic ear and valuable advice. Most of all, Meg's there when Willa needs to pour out the grief that overwhelms her. Willa's journals and many marine references express her passion for the ocean while introducing fascinating, lesser-known wonders of the deep. Mysterious, amazing, threatened, but enduring, the ocean itself conveys the enormity of grief and possibility of healing; plausible, appealing Meg's especially engaging. As Willa says: 'everyone should definitely have their own whale.' Moving and buoyant, an insightful tale of grief, loss, and resilience."

-- "Kirkus"
"A moving story that presents raw grief and the hope born of healing in a sensitive, realistic manner."-- "Booklist" (1/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)