Volume 19 Number 2
When Nick, aged seventeen, joins a conservation group working on the California coast, he discovers that his father has found him a job with the man he blames for his brother's death, Ray Pembroke, a highly respected conservationist and fund raiser. Nick's rage is compounded as he begins to suspect that Pembroke is using the conservation project as a smoke screen while he hunts for a frigate sunk in Sir Francis Drake's day. Together with Marty, a babysitter accompanying a family working at the site, Nick looks for evidence to support an accusation that most people would find laughable.
Whalesinger is a lively and contemporary adventure story. The plot revolves around such up-to-date elements as conservation, computers, whale-saving, California earthquakes, modern underwater treasure-hunting - even a specific learning disability. Nick and Marty come to terms with problems that seemed suffocating in Vancouver, Nick by confronting his demon, and Marty by creating a relationship with two whales stranded in the shallow bay.
If anything, this book is too crowded with incident - too many sub-themes, too many accidents and emergencies. It hovers on the brink of clutter more than once. In the end, however, Katz ties up all her loose ends and achieves a coherent and attractive story.
This book was nominated for the Governor General's award.
Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
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