The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook


The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook, Peachtree, 2021. 9781682633731 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Mystery/Adventure

What did you like about the book? Twelve-year-old Razi is on the beach on the island of Serendib watching newly hatched turtles make their way to the sea when a small boat washes up onto the beach with a body aboard!  It is a boy about his own age whom Razi drags into the shade.  And then another boat appears with two nasty men who are after the boy.  Razi does not reveal the boy but does tell the men the boy headed for town. The men threaten Razi if he is not telling the truth.  Razi learns that the boy is Zheng who had been a cabin boy on a ship the nasty guys sabotaged and caused to sink so they could steal a treasure the captain had.  Zheng escaped with the map detailing the treasure’s location.  Razi enlists the help of his twin sister Shifa in caring for Zheng and then helping him find the treasure.  Unfortunately the bad guys are relentless and always  in close pursuit. This is an exciting adventure mystery with realistic believable characters.  It moves very quickly with plenty of action. The author has based the location on her upbringing in Sri Lanka.   It takes place at an indeterminate time without cell phones, computers or the internet.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who like adventure stories such as Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar or another by Nizrana Farook, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? J Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: June 30, 2022

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