Best friends Tulsi and Satchen enjoy spending time outside exploring near their home in Scotland, but one night they spot something unusual in the sea and are drawn to investigate further. After rowing out to the nearby island, they discover a humpback whale trapped in a fishing net and risk their own lives trying to save it from drowning. When a storm hits, they must decide whether to save themselves before it is too late or stay to help. Whilst trying to row back to shore, their boat capsizes and they fear that all is lost, but suddenly rescue comes from an unexpected source. Once safely reunited with their families, the pair of friends are both astounded and delighted to see the freed whale also back in the fold of his family, making his way back into the wide ocean once again. They are determined to share their adventures and encourage others to make a difference in saving wildlife and the beautiful countryside around them.
Atmospheric black and white illustrations from Skylar White perfectly invoke the wildness of the sea and surrounding landscapes, as award-winning author Bilan invites us into her rugged coastal town, inspired by a much-loved place she visits in Scotland. End notes give us more information about humpback whales and how readers can get involved in the fight against ocean pollution.
As always, Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia-friendly publication makes this a story that can be enjoyed by a wide range of readers and the length of the book will appeal to those looking for a shorter, more accessible read.
This is a heartwarming and exciting story of adventure, courage and friendship, sharing important messages about conservation and the need to preserve our ocean wildlife, with a thread of hope that this generation will continue to work together to protect our planet.