The Boy Who Met A Whale

Suggested age 9 – 12


Author: Nizrana Farook
ISBN: 9781788009430
Date Published: 7 Jan. 2021

From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade for 9+ readers!

A thrilling adventure set in fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril and kidnap and a huge blue whale! Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

“…an exhilarating new adventure of shipwrecks, storms, sea monsters and buried treasure, which sees two young boys pursued by unscrupulous villains. There’s fast-paced action, oodles of peril, heartfelt friendship and a joyful sense of wonder at the natural world.” – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“A fabulous fun-filled adventure, crammed with high seas, dastardly villains and loveable heroes!” – Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha and the Spirit Bird

“What a joy it was to return to the beautiful island of Serendib with its endearing child-heroes, extraordinary animal bonds, calamitous peril, and wild adventures unlike anything you’ll have read before – all dished up with Nizrana s brilliantly deadpan wit. The Boy Who Met A Whale has it all: menace, mayhem, majestic sea-creatures and even a melancholic ox whose dreams of finding adventure are hilariously fulfilled. I absolutely loved it!” – Hana Tooke, author of The Unadoptables

“From the author of the dazzling The Girl Who Stole An Elephant, this ripping adventure is again set on the lush island of Sri Lanka where 12-year-old Razi rescues Zheng, an unconscious boy washed up in a fishing boat, from evil men in close pursu… Danger, bravery, cunning and knife-edge tension compete in this thriller, enhanced by the rich backdrop of the Indian ocean.” – Sally Morris, Daily Mail

“…a tale that’s well-written, breezily paced and full of thrills.” – James Lovegrove, Financial Times

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Dimensions13 × 2 × 19 cm

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Age 9 – 12, Age 12 – 14




“A gripping maritime adventure… its sunswept sweetness and tempestuous pace make for a delicious ‘book holiday’.”
Imogen Russell-Williams, Guardian
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