I'll be blogging on picture books and middle-grade novels (for readers aged 9-12) from now on. Here's an MG novel I've plunged into lately:
"In the dolphin family, if one is lost, all are lost."
A girl lives with her family of dolphins. They play, they eat, they swim 'in the path of the moon,' they sing in the sea and await the birth of baby cousins, or mourn the letting-go of family. They are always together, even when the girl has to sleep away from the dolphins.
One day, a team of rescuers takes the girl away from her dolphin family and gives her a human name ~ Mila. Under the care of researchers, Mila learns English. Mila learns music. Mila learns when she was four, she went missing from a boat crash. Doctor Beck and her son, Justin, Assistant Sandy, and another feral child, Shay, become Mila's human family.
They have happy times. They have heartbreaking times.
But none of the pain matches the one that is shutting Mila's heart as she realizes she needs her dolphin mother. She needs to go back to the sea. She needs to be given back to the water.
School Library Journal calls The Music of Dolphins "A song of beauty and sorrow, haunting and unforgettable."
Won't be forgetting this one for a long, long time. The protagonist's voice is so strong I heard her the clearest when she was shutting down.
Have you read this or other stories on feral children?
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