Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - How to Speak Dolphin Ginny Rorby

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review - How to Speak Dolphin Ginny Rorby

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About the Book
Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Ginny Rorby has created an irresistible dolphin story about a girl's struggle to help her autistic brother and herself.

Lily loves her half-brother, Adam, but she has always struggled with him, too. He's definitely on the autism spectrum--though her step-father, Don, can barely bring himself to admit it--and caring for him has forced Lily to become as much mother as sister. All Lily wants is for her step-father to acknowledge that Adam has a real issue, that they need to find some kind of program that can help him. Then maybe she can have a life of her own.

Adam's always loved dolphins, so when Don, an oncologist, hears about a young dolphin with cancer, he offers to help. He brings Lily and Adam along, and Adam and the dolphin--Nori--bond instantly.

But though Lily sees how much Adam loves Nori, she also sees that the dolphin shouldn't spend the rest of her life in captivity, away from her family. Can Adam find real help somewhere else? And can Lily help Nori regain her freedom without betraying her family?

My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that explores and reveals much about what it is like to grow up in a family where autism is felt. The book is honest and profound and tackles a topic and issues that are not always discussed which I greatly appreciated. I especially appreciated that this was written for the young adult age range that it was because of this too as you do not see this topic being covered in many that I have read in the past. The author does a great job at developing her characters as characters of substance. You really get to know the characters and get drawn into their lives so by the end of the book you truly care about them and their family. The book is emotional and powerful and you will find that not only are the characters changed by the end of the book but that you may be too.

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