The Forever Whale by Sarah Lean

The Forever Whale

Written by Sarah Lean

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 & July 2013 Book of the Month Full of tenderness, this is a touching story of the bond between Hannah and her Grandfather as he becomes increasing confused. The two share a love of nature and this develops a strong link between them. Hannah knows that the date her Grandfather made her remember will bring something special…but will Grandfather be able to remember?


The Forever Whale by Sarah Lean

Hannah adores her Grandad. The trouble is, Grandad has Alzheimer's and he's always forgetting things. He keeps trying to tell Hannah a story about a whale, and it seems really important, but it's all jumbled up. Then Grandad has a stroke and he can't remember anything, not even Hannah. It's like he's lost inside himself. Determined to get Grandad back, Hannah sets out to make a film that will remind him of his life - and in so doing, starts to piece together an extraordinary story about a whale that connects Grandad's childhood to her own.

A powerful, extraordinary story from the bestselling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

If you enjoy reading books about animals you may also like Megan Rix's stories - check out her author page here.


Praise for A Horse for Angel:

I was completely drawn in by the first few chapters that promise another wonderfully emotional, accessible read. The Bookseller

Praise for A Dog Called Homeless:

Heartbreakingly beautiful... I loved it. Cathy Cassidy

An exceptional debut... richly characterised. The Sunday Times

About the Author

Sarah Lean

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a pageplanner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 9 From 9 To 12


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

4th July 2013




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