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White Dolphin

Written by Gill Lewis

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

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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.

The Lovereading Comment:

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.

Click on Readers Guide on the right hand side of this page for some notes and activities, which are also suitable for classroom use. 

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

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White Dolphin Synopsis

'The white dolphin is a sign that Mum's out there ...' When they first meet, Kara and Felix can't stand each other. But on discovering an injured dolphin calf on the beach they know they must work together to save it. Now friends, they set out to find the truth behind the disappearance of Kara's mother, and to protect the nearby reef. But powerful people don't want them to succeed. And with the odds stacked against them, how can Kara and Felix make their voices heard?

White Dolphin Press Reviews

'One of my favourite books of the year, now in paperback. A beautiful, uplifting animal adventure from the author of Sky Hawk.' The Bookseller, Fiona Noble

'A passionate and lyrical story about the power of the sea and its creatures.’ Guardian


‘A beautifully told, nail-biting tale, that will inspire and empower anyone who reads it.’
Kate Humble


‘A lyrical, emotive, engrossing adventure.’ Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780192756213
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192756213
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192756213
Publication date: 3rd January 2013
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis worked as a vet in the UK and across the world before becoming the acclaimed author of several books for children, including Sky Hawk and Gorilla Dawn. Gill’s writing has earned her numerous awards such as the UKLA Children’s Book Award and the Little Rebel Award, and several nominations for prestigious awards including the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gill lives in Somerset.    

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