The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson

The Longest Whale Song

Written by Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson has come up with a fresh new title in which she brilliantly handles many of the ingredients for which she is so deservedly popular. Ella’s already struggling with her new stepfather Jack, moving house and the thought of a new baby: at least Mum understands her difficulties and they can share them. But Mum collapses into a coma when baby Sampson is born and Ella has to manage everything on her own. How she and Jack will Mum towards recovery while also picking up the pieces of their life is sharply observed while also movingly and thoughtfully conveying the myriad emotions which Ella goes through as she comes to terms with the changes in her life.


The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson

This is a tender and gentle story that will captivate readers of 8+ from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson. Ella's mum's in a deep coma having just had a new baby. That means Ella has to live with Jack, her hopeless stepfather and cope with her tiny newborn brother, as well as worrying about Mum. The only thing that's going right is her school project. It's all about whales and how they sing out to each other to attract a mate - sometimes for hours. Maybe a whale song could reach Mum, wherever she is, and bring her back to Ella and baby Samson. Surely it's worth a try?

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I felt The Longest Whale Song with its honest characters and dialogue, its unique coverage of the trauma Ella and her family experience, and its ability to unite readers with Ella's coping process is a tender, moving story in the classic Wilson mould. -- Alison Nolan Inis (Ireland) 20100901 ...this story will delight... As always, the characters are beautifully portrayed and you are really drawn ino their lives, especially that of Ellie. 20101103 No one is better than Jacqueline Wilson at entering into the daily ups and downs of childhood, while being sympathetic but not sentimental. -- Juliet Townsend Spectator 20101204 Jacquelin Wilson is a fantastic author whose books strongly inspire me. Many children will be able to relate to this book, so I truly recommend it to anyone from eight to 12-years-old. I could not put it down, it was a very enjoyable book to read. I really hope you like this book as much as I did. -- Molly Leckerman Newham Recorder 20101117 Wilson maybe a little mawkish a times, but her grip on what little girls are made of is a sure thing. The Independant on Sunday 20101212

About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted English children favourite children’s author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 25 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

2011 saw the 20th Anniversary of her best known novel, The Story of Tracy Beaker,which is not only still hugely popular but has given life to two sequels and an award-winning TV series for CBBC.

Click here to download an interview with Jacqueline.

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320 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

30th September 2010




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