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Whale Song [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Originally published in Canada in 2003 (but never distributed in the U.S.), this moving story features Sarah Richardson, whose family moves from the Montana countryside to Vancouver Island just as she's about to enter sixth grade. Sarah soon finds that island life suits her perfectly--thanks, especially, to her new best friend, Goldie, whose Native American heritage Sarah finds fascinating, especially the wisdom passed to the girls from Goldie's grandmother, Nana. Sarah is also intrigued to learn that her marine-biologist father shares a passion with her new Indian friends: killer whales, which the natives revere and her father studies. Life isn't all native spirituality, however, as Sarah must confront a family tragedy that will change her life forever. Though overly melodramatic in places, Tardif's story has that perennially crowd-pleasing combination of sweet and sad that so often propels popular commercial fiction, especially coming-of-age stories. Tardif, already a big hit in Canada, may soon be a name to reckon with south of the border. Mary Frances Wilkens
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"A wise, enchanting story."  —The Edmonton Examiner

"Poignant and compelling, a coming-of-age story that addresses important societal issues within a contemporary backdrop."  —Ian Anthony, author, Ace Run

"The story is timeless and the message relevant . . .Whale Song will touch your heart."  —Shannon Lea, author, Stolen Innocence

"A wonderfully well-written novel. Wonderful characters [that] shine. The settings are exquisitely described. The writing is lyrical."  —Writer's Digest

"Deep and true, a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart. Cheryl Kaye Tardif has written a beautiful, haunting novel."  —Luanne Rice, author, Beach Girls and What Matters Most

"A tough act to follow for any written genre."  —Fresh Fiction

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books; 2 edition (May 24 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7LSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is my new obsession April 17 2006
By A Customer
Whale Song is by far my new favorite book. I love it. There are so many dimensions to this book that are breath taking.
I read this book two days ago. it took me 7 hours and the only break I took was to eat breakfast, and if my mom would have let me I would have read it while eating.
This book is for everyone, that is everyone who can handle a good cry. Make sure you have a well stocked box of tissues , because this book needs a whole other catagory than just 'tearjerker'.
I sat on my bed and not willing to stop reading for a moment, I substituded pillows for tissues, after that I had some sheets to wash, because they were literally soalked with tears.
Whale Song has powerful messages that anyone can relate to, weather they were in love, lost a loved one, or been through a tough time.
This is one of the books I'll read over and over again (I have already read it 2 and 1/2 times).
If you add one book to your reading list I recommmend this one by far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new voice in Cheryl Kaye Tardif! Jan. 11 2004
Cheryl is a local author who is just starting to expose us to her voice. She has written a wonderful story, and she is one heck of a wonderful woman, too! Her story is about a girl named Sarah Richardson, who moves away from her life in the states to Vancouver Island, where she is exposed to many new things. She is swept up in a world of Native legends full of thriving truth, and hope. When tragedy strikes her family, Sarah must deal with several obstacles, and finds herself losing everything. This book is absolutely worth picking up, not only to support local authors,(Go WGA members)but also because one cannot help but fall in love with these characters. The book is written so passionately, with stunning conviction. THANK YOU, CHERYL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whale Song is Awesome!!! Nov. 30 2005
I read Whale Song and I really loved it. I like how Cheryl Kaye Tardif tied everything in together- bullying, abuse, racism and loss. I finished Whale Song the weekend i got it. It really brought back memories for me. The book just reached out to me and I always wanted to turn the page. Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an inspiration to me, for I love writing stories in my spare time. I would like to write just like her someday. The story was magical and beautiful and the there was a unique plot and very rich details. I hope very much that Cheryl Kaye Tardif writes lots more books!
By Vanessa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story! Oct. 8 2006
Thank you Mrs. Cheryl Tardif for this lovely story. It was a gentle reminder for me of those 'life' things I sometimes forget, like how to trust. I found myself going back to experiences I had as an younger girl, and so felt a real connection with the main character. It was an inspiration to read and a story I have already passed on to friends, young and old! Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the highlite of a bad nite July 24 2005
the whale song was one of the best books i have ever read i really enjoy nora and daniell books but this book made me feel like i was actually there when this little girl went through so much in her child hood i really was taken with this book as soon as i opened to the first chapter she (the writer) took me to a place i haven't been to in a long time i have pased this book to my children who are 13,11 and 10 and all three of them enjoyed this book just as thirteen yearold has read it 3 times since we bought it last christmas. thankyou cheryl for taking me and my kids to places that people only wish they could get to when reading a really well written story
your forever ready reader for your next story, tracey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Remarkable Book Aug. 13 2005
By Sybille
My daughter finished reading this book in just a few days, and urged me to read it as well. I was not being dissapointed, it is a remarkable story filled with so many emotions, sad and happy, and the way Cheryl writes the story, it is so real and made me feel part of it from the beginning. It was hard to put the book down. This book is definately for all ages and I enjoyed learning about native legends and how it deals with todays teenage and social issues. The story also makes me want to go back to Vancouver Island, and I'll be thinking of Sarah and Goldie next time I see a Killer Whale. This story would make a great movie, and I'll be the first in line to watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, Heart-warming story. April 28 2004
By A Customer
I recieved a copy of this book through a girl at work, and I must say it is truly beautiful. From the first page to the last, I was captivated.
Cheryl's story telling ability is phenomenal, and real. While reading, I felt every emotion, every triumph and defeat.
I have given this book to several of my friends as a gift, and they all love it as much as I.
I look forward to Cheryl's next release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2'nd Best Book I have ever read!! July 29 2004
By A Customer
Whale song is one of my all time favorite books ever!! I personally know the author and she is so talented. I admire her and her dedication to writing so much. This book is 10 stars! You will NOT be dissapointed in reading it. Watch for her new book called Divine Intervention. It's the absolute best book I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!!!!!!
This book is truly one of the best books I have ever read. Once I picked it up..I never put it down until it was finished. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly a heartwarming book loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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