Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island.
Fraser is desperate for adventure; Hayley is fed up she's even there; while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea.
He hasn't said a word in years. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man.
Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/04/2015
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9781910002278
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Review by rata
Fantastic read that had me hooked right from the start; I can totally endorse that it deserves the TIMES CHILDREN”S FICTION PRIZE 2014. The story is set on a Scottish isle of Nin. Fraser Dunbar and his mute brother Dunny live on the isle; Fraser is desperate for adventure; while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn't said a word in years. Hayley Risso is there because her mother (a journalist) is escaping the bitterness of a broken marriage as well as investigating a human trafficking lead. Hayley is fed up she's even at this desolate island away from her friends and technology.The story opens with Fraser and Ben nearly being shipwrecked in a storm off the coast and Fraser afraid that his days of assisting Ben will be over as well as afraid of what his parents may say or feel. Ben is a scientist who studies whales, but as the story progresses it turns out that he has other income streams. During the storm Fraser swears he hears a call for help from the open ocean. Ben won’t seek the call and tells Fraser that he is imagining things. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man who has had his gut slit open. The adventure packed story unfolds from here and is hard to put down. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea and communicates with the whales to put it right.