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Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Children's Book Review presents... A WHALE OF THE WILD by Rosanne Parry - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teamed up with The Children's Book Review for a stop along their current Awareness Tour featuring a NEW RELEASE via Greenwillow Books.  It's a work of Children's Fiction that takes us out of ourselves into the lives and minds of a pod of orcas as they navigate life, loss, and climate change.  Think you know what global warming, pollution, and the like does to the environment?  Try this viewpoint on to size.  Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce today's featured title in the spotlight...

Rosanne Parry
Greenwillow Books
Release Date:  09/01/20

About the book...
In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling 'A Wolf Called Wander', a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats.

For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?

A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. New York Times-bestselling author Rosanne Parry’s fluid writing and Lindsay Moore’s stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.

Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout, a map, and extensive back matter about orcas and their habitats.

I was SO surprised by this story.  This was my first exposure to the author and honestly, when I first read about the story, I thought...a story through the eyes of a whale, how interesting!  That first impression did nothing to prepare me for the struggles, the triumphs, the worries, the journeys, the heartache, and the wisdom within.

You don't simply play the part of a watcher in this story; as things unfold, you are every bit a part of it.  From the moment you meet Vega and Denab, Mother and Greatmother, Uncle and cousins and the whole family pod, you are a part of the group...for better or worse.  I say this because there are things to celebrate...the chance of new life, the hope for tomorrow, and the love of family, whether they be blood or "strangers"...but there are also many realities that hit me rather hard.  The loss of a family member, the great quake, the separation, the struggle to survive even when you're not the normally hunted animal of the sea...and then seeing both the positive and negative ways man can impact their habitat.  I really liked how the author wove that balance into the story.  It was never one or the other was clearly the bad guy, but rather there were those among them that were working for the greater good, trying to find that equilibrium between their world and ours because ultimately in the end, they are in fact one and the same.

So, if you're looking for a story that packs a punch, a tale that doesn't shy from the realities that animals and humans face every day, and reminds us to treat the planet as a treasure not a wasteland, this is most definitely a book for you!  

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About the author...

Rosanne Parry is the author of the novels Heart of a Shepherd and Last of the Name, among other acclaimed titles. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.

About the illustrator...

Lindsay Moore is an artist and writer with roots in Northern Michigan. She studied marine biology and fine art at Southampton College on Long Island and figure drawing at the Art Students League of New York, and earned her master of science in medical and scientific illustration from Medical College of Georgia, now Augusta University. Lindsay Moore lives with her family in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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ENTER NOW for your chance to win 
(1) of (5) copies of A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry!

Giveaway begins September 1, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 15, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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Special thanks to The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to HarperCollins Children's Books for the ARC for review! (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links above. This title is available now via Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to grab your copy today.  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

September 1
The Children's Book Review
Book Review

September 2
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review

September 3
Over Coffee Conversations
Book List

September 4
Book Review

September 5
Fairview Elementary School (Library)
Book Review

September 6
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk
Book Review

September 7
The Children's Book Review
Book List

September 8
Book Review

September 9
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book List

September 10
Heart to Heart
Book Giveaway

September 11
Word Spelunking
Book List

September 12
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Review

September 12
Library Lady's Kid Lit
Book Review

September 13
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Review

September 14
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Linda Mitchell said...

What a gorgeous cover...and beautiful idea for a book. Many congrats and thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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