Jessaloup's Song by Hester Velmans

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A sixty-ton humpback whale lies stranded, gasping for breath, on the sands of Cape Cod… and there’s just one girl in the world who knows who he is. When Jessaloup is transformed into a boy, Isabel (now fourteen) has to teach him to walk, talk, and act human, so that together they can raise the alarm about a terrible natural disaster that’s threatening the East Coast. With the calamity’s deadline drawing near, the two teens must overcome skepticism, jealousies, misunderstandings, and even bad music, if they are to Save the Humans.

Besides providing a glimpse into the lives and habits of whales, Jessaloup’s Song clears up the mystery of Isabel’s origins, while exploring teenage love and celebrating the family ties that bind all species.


About Hester Velmans

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ISABEL HOVING was born in Amsterdam. She began her career as a secondary-school teacher, during which time she became very active in the Dutch women's movement. She eventually gave up her job to study literary theory full-time and spent some months in Senegal, West Africa, for a research project -- an experience that gave her a completely different perspective on the world and that she describes as a turning point in her life. Now a lecturer at Leiden University, Isabel Hoving lives with her partner and son in Amsterdam. HESTER VELMANS has translated a number of novels from Dutch into English, including THE LILY THEATER by Lulu Wand and Renate Dorrestein's A HEART OF STONE, which won the Vondel Prize for Dutch Translation. In addition, she has contributed to her parents' wartime memoirs - EDITH'S STORY by Edith Velmans and LONG WAY BACK TO THE RIVER KWAI by Loet Velmans -- and has written a children's novel, ISABEL OF THE WHALES.
Published August 8, 2011 by van Horton Books. 221 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this sequel to her middle-school-age novel Isabel of the Whales (2006), Velmans flips the script and features a whale that turns into a boy.

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