The Sound of Whales

The Sound of Whales

Kerr Thomson

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1910002275

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure; Hayley is fed up she's even there; while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn't said a word in years. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right.

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snatched away by an islander, each man, it seemed, wanting a dance with her. Hayley saw Dunny and his mother standing together in the dance line. The boy looked fragile, squashed in among the hefty adults, but he was smiling and confidently took his mum’s hands as the first chord was struck. The tune started and the crowd began to move around the dance floor. She saw Fraser moving towards her and she stared resolutely at the group of dancers, her eyes not following any of the couples, which was

beneath the bed covers to await his fate. But when his parents arrived home they had a wet Dunny in tow. This was a first for his brother: he was always wandering the beach or sitting up on the cliffs, but never at night. Dunny had crept out of the house and quickly been missed. Fraser had done the same thing and no one had noticed. As always, it had been his mute brother who had somehow gained the last word. Back in bed, in the dark, Fraser had thought, I’m really starting to hate him. And

need help. If your mum tells anyone now, Jonah’s done for.’ Hayley couldn’t hide a look of guilt and shame. She felt it spreading over her face and from Fraser’s reaction he saw it too. ‘Who has she told?’ the boy asked. ‘Mr Wallace.’ Hayley took a breath. ‘And Willie McGregor.’ ‘What?’ Fraser was dumbfounded. ‘But . . . but . . . we’ve been trying to keep Jonah away from Willie, and you’ve just handed him over. Once they have him he’ll be forced into slavery, or worse.’ ‘No, you don’t know

the far side of the wheelhouse. Fraser turned to Jonah and said, ‘Don’t worry about us. We’ll be fine. Swim for the shore while it’s still close.’ ‘I will stay here,’ Jonah repeated. ‘I will not put any of you at risk.’ ‘Ben’s just bluster.’ ‘He cut open the belly of a dead man and reached inside. Perhaps you underestimate what the man might do.’ Fraser looked to the stern and watched the growing speck of the other boat. If it wasn’t the police, it was a boat heading in their direction very

but the castle floor was always dim. It was perfect for hide and seek and Dunny was always better at the game; he could disappear behind a wall or up a chimney and it would take Fraser an age to find him. Whenever Fraser hid, Dunny always seemed to know exactly where he was. Today Fraser couldn’t be bothered playing games. It seemed childish and Dunny was just annoying. Still, Dunny had to be found and shouting for him never worked. The best way to find his brother was by sneaking up on him.

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