The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.
 

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Karen Hesse (born on August 29, 1952 Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults. She studied theatre at Towson State College, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in English, Psychology, and Anthropology. In 1998 she won the Newbery Medal for her young adult novel, Out of the Dust. Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters.
 
Published February 1, 1998 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 192 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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in a highly individual voice, she describes her old and new lives--e.g., ``the sea is a big home where all the time is swimming and all the time is singing and all the time is touching in the big wet.'' Changes in type size and style signal Mila's inner shifts as she turns toward humanity, then a...

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As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve, this book poignantly explores the most profound of themes--what it means to be human. The narrator, Mila, is discovered by the Coast Gu

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""As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve,"" said PW in a starred review of this first-person novel by the Newbery Medalist about a girl who is raised by dolphins and studied by scientists.

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While she insists on simplicity in framing the story, she also employs a high-wire writing technique, having Mila tell the story first in halting, little words (in big type), then in more complex, fluid words (in small type), so that the language and themes become increasingly sophisticated.

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