The Song of the Whales: Book summary and reviews of The Song of the Whales by Uri Orlev

The Song of the Whales

by Uri Orlev

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The Song of the Whales by Uri Orlev

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Michael’s grandfather has a secret—a secret that's almost too strange to share...
 
When Michael moves to Israel, he leaves loneliness behind and steps into the light of his grandfather's magic. Like a sorcerer's apprentice, Michael learns how to blur the lines between dreams and reality when his grandfather hands down the most precious of gifts—a gift that allows Michael passage into his grandfather’s dreams.
 
Written with a quiet simplicity that wins the reader over at once Uri Orlev writes in a style so sure and yet so unassuming that it is certain to linger in reader's minds long after turning the last page.

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"Starred Review. It's a gentle fable of community connection; a penetrating look at the darker sides latent in people and the mutability of different kinds of love; and a heart-tugging tale about passing the generational torch from grandfather to grandson. With a clean sense that less is more, Orlev has crafted a sweetly mysterious and quietly moving read." - Booklist

"A strange tale, but a diverting escape, perhaps, to those also at odds with the really real world. Ages 10–up." - Publishers Weekly

"This book is truly a work of art. The subtlety with which Orlev writes is absolutely mesmerizing." - School Library Journal

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Uri Orlev

Uri Orlev was born in Warsaw in 1931. In 1996, Uri Orlev received the the highest international recognition given to an author of children’s books. He now lives in Jerusalem. An author, journalist, and internationally reknowned, awarding-winning translator, Hillel Halkin has translated several of Uri Orlev's novels from the Hebrew into English.

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