The Forever Whale, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A family secret waiting to be discovered...from bestselling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

A shared story can last forever. Hannah's grandad loves telling stories from his past, but there's one that he can't that Hannah knows is important.

When a whale appears off the coast, clues to Grandad's secret begin to surface.

Hannah is determined to solve the mystery but, as she gets closer to the truth, Grandad's story is more extraordinary than she imagined.

Includes beautiful inside artwork from hugely talented illustrator, Gary Blythe.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations (black and white)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Family
  • ISBN: 9780007512225



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A good story that highlights the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren and how these different generations can communicate effectively as they tend to be more patient with each other. This is about a 10 year old girl Hannah who 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. An enjoyable quick read.

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