Story for the Young Activist

Today I have a story for the young activist.  It is especially timely as we see that kids really can make an impact on the world around them, and our main character Lily is no exception.  This is also a wonderful story to show the impact of autism on a family.  The love and challenges of this disability abound.

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Title: How to Speak Dolphinstory for the young activist how to speak dolphin

Author: Ginny Rorby

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: No

What this book is about:

Lily’s mother died two years ago and she now lives with her stepfather and half-brother Adam. Adam was diagnosed with autism and Lily’s stepdad is having a hard time accepting the diagnosis. He is looking for any “cure” he can find so when a chance to interact with a dolphin becomes available, he thinks this may be the help Adam needs. The problem is that the dolphin really belongs in the wild and Lily knows it. How can she convince her stepdad that Adam may be happy with dolphins, but they won’t cure his autism? This dolphin must be returned to her family.

Why I love this book

  • I am generally not a reader that likes animal stories, but boy did this one surprises me. By the end, all I wanted to do was go out marching against dolphins in captivity. Talk about awakening my senses to the animal world around me!
  • Lily’s life is really tough. She gets little relief from taking care of her brother and almost no time to spend with friends. On top of that both her mother and father have died. This book could be a real pity party, but Lily is such a strong and lovable character that I was drawn to her immediately. She does have people standing up for her and she starts to find her own voice throughout the story.
  • As a parent, I was really mad at Lily’s stepfather. His own unwillingness to accept Adam’s diagnosis leaves Lily a prisoner in his care. He does improve as the book goes on, but boy is he a tough cookie.

Who this book is for:

Great book for kids who like realistic fiction, especially stories about dolphins in captivity or kids making an impact. Kids who like their stories with a little sad will like this one. Reminded me a bit of Just My Luck and Slider.

Final thoughts:

Save the dolphins!

To purchase this book:

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