As the tide drifts out, magnificent creatures are left on the beach . . . stranded.

As the whales settle helplessly on the sand, humans start to arrive. They carry buckets and spades, wetsuits and white sheets.

Can the stranded upokohue be saved?

A heartfelt story of loss and coming together, written by volunteer marine mammal medic Linda Jane Keegan with illustrations by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White.

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Read NZ (Lucy Black, Librarian, Mt Cook School Wellington) ~ This is a small paperback with a mesmerizing cover and a heart wrenching tale of a whale stranding at Onetahua/Farewell Spit. Linda Jane Keegan has written from her own experiences as a volunteer for Project Jonah who work as first responders at whale incidents. The story is told from the point of view of one of the pilot whales in the pod, and follows along as she experiences sunburn, fear, dehydration, grief and relief. Keegan manages the tragedy of dying whales with just the right balance of recognition. I love the way the human community is represented from the whales’ point of view: the volunteers, the families, the local iwi and the boaties. Alongside the whale’s personal story, Keegan has provided information boxes for readers who want more details about whale life and stranding procedures, these boxes are valuable extras to the story. Isobel Joy Te Aho-White provides magical illustrations that are dynamic and poetic whilst still being realistic and informative.

About the Kiwi author

Linda Jane Keegan Find out more about Golden Bay-based author Linda Jane Keegan on her author page.

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Dimensions 17.5 × 25 cm
First published



Softcover edition



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Published by

Bateman Books

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