White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

White Dolphin

Written by Gill Lewis

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Shortlisted for the Centurion Book Award (Bath) and the Kernow Youth Book Award.

Bestselling Gill Lewis’s new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins. Kara’s life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at school and her father is about to sell their beloved boat in order to pay off his debts. Within her tight knit fishing community there is also trouble as catches get scarcer and greed pushes the locals into taking action which will damage the seabed forever. Brought up by her mum to fight for the conservation of all wildlife and dolphins in particular, Kara, helped by her new friend Felix, takes on all comers in this passionate and lyrical story about the power of the creatures in the sea, the sea itself and the desperate need to protect it from destruction.

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Like the author's debut, this wonderfully written and unforgettable novel will pull at the heart strings. It's so poignant and utterly captivating that the reader will find him or herself at the end of the book before they know it. It's all about choices and risking everything to find the truth. It is the second novel from the author of the sensational Sky Hawk.

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Shortlisted for the Key Stage 2 category of Brilliant Books, Oldham Schools’ Book Award.


White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

Bullied at school for her dyslexia and troubled by her mother's unexplained disappearance, Kara seeks sanctuary sailing the ocean's waves in her father's boat. Meanwhile, Felix resents his well-meaning parents for dragging him to live by the coast and misses his old friends back in London. On their first encounter, Kara and Felix take an immediate dislike to each other. But when they happen to discover a dolphin calf stranded on the beach they know they must work together to save it against all odds. Realising they have more in common than they could ever have guessed, the two friends set out to find the truth behind the disappearance of Kara's marine biologist mother and to protect the delicate reef in the bay of their home town from the destruction of commercial dredging. Their actions set in motion a dramatic chain of events that no one could have foreseen. And soon they must make an impossible choice. Risk their own lives or face losing everything ...


‘A lyrical, emotive, engrossing adventure that carries its environmental message lightly’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, May 6 2012

Praise for Gill Lewis's debut Sky Hawk:

'Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you.' Michael Morpurgo, Former Children's Laureate

'This beautifully written, captivating book should be on everyone's bookcase. Breathtaking. Poignant. Unforgettable.' - Virginia McKenna, Founder of the Born Free Foundation

'An edge-of-your-seat wildlife adventure that tells a very human story of friendship, discovery and an incredible journey. I loved it!' - Kate Humble, Presenter of BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch

'Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children ... Sky Hawk is an enthralling tale about a promise between two friends, Callum and Iona, that will change lives forever, and the power of friendship, loyalty, and hope. A book to treasure.' - Julia Eccleshare in The Guardian

'I loved Sky Hawk - it's a tremendously assured debut novel and it reminded me very much of the books Michael Morpurgo writes. I can see teachers wanting to share this one with their classes because its themes are simultaneously diverse and universal, but I also think it's a book for all ages to savour at home. Highly recommended.' - Jill Murphy for www.thebookbag.co.uk

'From the first page I was drawn into this very real novel which has at its heart an ecological message. The characters are truly believable and the language of this novel is poetic and beautiful. For anyone with an interest in wildlife and conservation issues, I would strongly suggest they buy this debut novel by emerging writer Gill Lewis. I hope it won't be her last book!' - Charlotte Westwood, 13, First News, The Weekly Newspaper for Kids

About the Author

Gill Lewis

Before she could walk, Gill Lewis was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from many of the people she has had the fortune to meet during her work as a vet, both at home and abroad.

Gill Lewis has a masters degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and won the 2009 course prize for most promising writer. Her first novel was snapped up for publication within hours of being offered to publishers.

She lives in Somerset with her young family and a motley crew of pets. She writes from a shed in the garden, in the company of spiders.

Gill’s first novel, Sky Hawk, has been nominated for a total of fifteen book awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Red House Children’s Book Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, White Dolphin, was shortlisted for the Centurion Book Award (Bath) and the Kernow Youth Book Award.

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Publication date

3rd May 2012




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