My Rating: 3.5/5
Source: Scholastic Australia
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.
I loved that this book was set in Scotland as it was a very atmospheric setting. I loved that it was set on a small, remote island as the ocean plays a huge role in the book.
The three main children worked well together as characters even though they were all completely different from one another.
Fraser, is a native of Nim, the small Scottish island where the story takes place. He is sick of the boring lifestyle Nim provides and craves adventure.
Hayley, is an American tourist who is unwillingly thrust upon Nim due to her mother's job. She is outgoing and confident.
Dunny is Fraser's younger autistic brother who doesn't talk. He is mysterious, unpredictable and his strained relationship with Fraser was a fantastic sub-plot.
The plot was well developed with a lot of twists and turns. The mystery element was great without being overly predictable.
As you can probably tell from the title of the book, whales do play a crucial role in the story which I loved.