About Willa and the Whale

willa and the whale

Can a whale talk to a human? Willa thinks so . . .

After losing her mom, Willa is grieving and having a hard time living with her dad and his new family on an island off the coast of Washington State. Her dad tries to cheer her up by taking her whale watching, something Willa’s mom used to do.

While all the passengers are on one side of the boat, Willa encounters a humpback whale on the opposite side. Willa feels so lonely that she starts to talk to the whale—and the whale talks back!

The whale, named Meg, quickly becomes a trusted friend and confidante Willa can speak to whenever she’s by the ocean.

Meg offers sound advice Willa needs about dealing with a nemesis at school and trying to figure out why her friend Marc is keeping secrets about his family life.

Before the story ends, it will take all of Willa’s courage and connections to tackle a problem that’s as big as a blue whale!

My review

I love finding middle grade books that teach kids how to cope with life. This one by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown does just that in a clever and fun way.

Willa is just a normal 12 year old girl. But she’s lost her mom recently. Her dad takes her on a boat ride and Willa spots a whale. Not just any whale. This whale shows off for Willa and then starts talking to her. I loved the way this book felt magical. Who gets to talk to a whale from miles away? And Willa’s whale, Meg, gives the best advice using stories from her life.

Willa has other friends besides Meg. But she’s just moved back from Japan and things are…different. Her friend Marc is a bit secretive, and Willa doesn’t know why. And then there’s Lizzie. Willa thinks there is no way they will ever be friends.

But Willa learns a lot and grows throughout the plot of this book. A lot of that learning and growth comes from Meg. But some is from her friends and family. I loved the way they all were able to grow and learn together. There are so many valuable lessons in this book.

This book is a must read for all tweens and teenagers out there! And maybe their parents as well.

I was sent a copy of Willa and the Whale as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About authors Shelly Brown and Chad Morris

SHELLY BROWN was born in the Northwest and grew up near the ocean. It’s a part of her. She can surf and point out all sorts of sea creatures and plants (though not necessarily at the same time.) Now that she lives in the mountains, she has saved money, planned, and taken Chad and their five kids to both coasts to swim, surf, search tide pools, snorkel, and watch sea lions, seals, turtles, whales, and more. Her soul speaks ocean.

Growing up, CHAD MORRIS was fascinated by blue whales. He read books about the world’s largest creature and did grade school reports on them. He drew pictures of them and taped them to his wall (the pictures, not whales—that would be impossible). He would love to see a blue whale in real life, but he’d rather not meet a Bobbitt or zombie worm. Seriously, he’d prefer his bones not become jelly.

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