Something about this book just connected with me! I really loved the emotion that Lynn Kelly puts into this book.
I pulled out some of my favorite quotes and thought I’d collect them in a blog post.
“Some people have the kind of confidence that lets them get away with being clueless.” pg. 6
“But it’s different for us,’ Grandpa signed. ‘Out here, there’s more light, and all we need is our own small spaces to feel at home. Sometimes it takes time to figure things out. But you’ll do it. You’ll find a way.” p. 4
“Blue 55 didn’t have a pod of friends or a family who spoke his language. But still he sang.” p. 15
“They communicated to one another past him, through him, across him. Like he was a coral reef or a kelp forest they passed by. But he heard all of it.” p. 16
“Sound moves. If it’s strong enough, it can move anything. Its waves can break glass or shake the ground or deafen a whale.” p 30
“For me, listening to the radios was never the point. Each one of those sitting on my shelves was a reminder of something I’d done right.” p. 31
“We might never find out why whales sing, but as a scientist I’m always thinking and looking for answers.” p. 57
“The best way to learn how something works is to take it apart and put it back together.” p 67
“This was more important than any class.” p. 83
“The whale,’ Tristan signed “I know you don’t like to leave things broken. Make sure that’s not the reason you want to do this. You can’t go in there and fix him like he’s a radio.” p 188
“If he had remained quiet, would they have let him stay? For a time he did hold onto his song, then he revealed it little by little as his trust grew. The more he sang, the farther they drifted from him.” p 110
“People where were desperate to communicate always find a way.” p 121
“I know this is dumb, but sometimes I wonder about that planet if I had a way of finding it, I’d go.” p 139
“The memory of a whale is long and deep.” p. 178
“He pushed back swimming harder, until the dark swallowed him. The depths were emptier, darker, quieter. Yet less lonely, because there was no one to answer his calls with silence.” p 178
“For the first time I was happy that a plan of mine failed, so I could be right there with Grandma.” p. 205
“If they could play like this every day, at least for a little while, he wouldn’t be so lonely, but dolphins never stayed long.” p 207
“Anyway, I was just thinking I’m kind of like that planet. I was on one path, and something knocked me onto a new one. I’m still going.” p 250.