Iris is a brilliant twelve-year-old who was born deaf. Her hearing classmates don’t understand her and even the ones who try to communicate with her don’t do it very well. In most cases, Iris escapes into her work with old radios, letting her fascination with old electronics drown out her loneliness. When her science teacher at school talks about Blue 55, a whale who sings a song no other whales understand, Iris feels a kinship with him. She is determined to find a way to sing back to Blue 55 and let him know he is heard.
What a fun delve into deaf culture, radio electronics, and marine biology all wrapped up in an intriguing story with a strong female lead character. This one has been on my to-read list for a while and I definitely understand the attention it has received. It covers so many different themes in a wonderful and sensitive way. The intended audience is tweens and young teens, but it is a great book for so many readers.