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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 4n/a3.951590
A mother dolphin and her albino calf are in peril in this heart-pounding adventure from the author of the acclaimed ecological novel Wild Wings.

Kara is not sorry she punched Jake in the nose—she simply couldn’t stand to hear him say one more nasty thing about her missing mother, or her out-of-work father…or her. But it’s more than a broken nose to Jake’s family: It’s fuel for the fire. They’ve had it with Kara’s family and their devotion to protecting marine life and saving the reef. Dredging the reef will mean fisherman can reel in more money. That’s what the town needs.

But what the town gets is an unexpected new kid, a Paralympics sailing hopeful named Felix. When a baby albino dolphin caught in old fishing netting washes ashore, Felix and Kara work with vets and specialists to save her and reunite her with her mother, setting off a chain of events that might just save the reef.

Written by a veterinarian and brimming with bravery and beauty, this “poignant and satisfying story about acting for the greater good” (Publishers Weekly) taps into the radiance of nature and dives into the important, timely issue of environmental protection and ecology.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published on June 11, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442414480
ISBN-13: 9781442414488
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  • crystaldolphin
    crystaldolphinSaturday, January 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm55 stars
    save the reef? The wood clan needs to be stopped.....but the town needs money... an albino calf washes to the shore after being caught in some nets. Kara Wood soon finds the dolphin and it needs help! On her journey to save the dolphin and the reef she makes friends with Felix the boy nobody wants to be friends with, battles her enemy... and tries to find the secrets of why her mom has disappeared so long ago.... she won't back down but will her love and hope save the truth?
    • live_love_leila
      live_love_leilaTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm
      It was a ok book, I mean like it wasn't like OMG OMG OMG it was more like "Oh yeah it was pretty good"
      • rosalina2458
        rosalina2458Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm55 stars
        I felt bad for Kara and everything that has happened to her. Jake and Ethan hate her and want to destroy the reef. Her dad is working hard with three jobs to pay her mom's debt after her sudden disappearance. But then she finds the white dolphin, Angel and it reminds her of her mom. Kara has a feeling that it is a sign from her mom saying that she is out there somewhere.