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    The Music of Dolphins

    by Karen Hesse

    A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be human. "Haunting and unforgettable."—SLJ

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    Nicholas Young climbed aboard a ship and hid himself to escape a cruel apprenticeship. Little did the 11-year-old know that he was now on a secret mission with Captain James Cook to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. Encountering hardship and danger, he earns the respect of the gentlemen on board as they make history. Based on historical research, Stowaway is Newbery winner Hesse's extraordinary fictional account of a real adventure.

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The Music of Dolphins

Author: Karen Hesse

Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
560L

Grade Level Equivalent:
4.1

Guided Reading Level:
V

Age:
12-14

Subject:
Changes and New Experiences, Fitting In, Music

About This Book

A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be a human being.

They call her Mila, from the Spanish word for "miracle." Lost after a plane crash when she was small, Mila has been cared forever since by dolphins. When she is eventually spotted on an unpopulated island off Cuba, she is an adolescent and seems hardly human to her rescuers.

Mila is taken to a child study center in Boston. Eager to please, she makes rapid progress in language and social skills. With her recorder, Mila finds she can even make music like the dolphin songs she yearningly remembers. But the more Mila discovers about what it means to be human — the locked doors, the rules, the betrayals — the more she longs for her watery home and gentle dolphin family.

In an emotionally wracking conclusion, she returns to the world where her ears never want for song. Where, although she cannot stand on her tail or jump the waves, she is part of the music of dolphins.


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