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Mikaelsen, Ben.
New York : Hyperion, 1996.
IL 5-8, RL 4.4
ISBN 0786811099
Twelve-year-old Koby escapes the loneliness of being a friendless, handicapped teenager by sailing the sparkling aquamarine waves of the Florida Keys.  While returning home one evening, she spooted an injured whale.  Slipping into the water, she let the whale echolate her with its sonar, then  ventured closer to find the whale entangled in fisherman's netting which had scraped and cut the whale as she struggled to escape.  Quickly, Koby cut the netting away from the whate, gently talking and soothing her as she worked, only to find the whale giving birth to a calf, which she named Squirt for its darting, impulsive moves in the water.  A few days later, Koby searched for the whales again, onlyto find them stranded on a sandbar, too weak to stay afloat, gasping weakly for air.  Koby resolutely stood by, bracing the mother whale upright to prevent her from drowning, all night long until the U.S. Coast Guard came looking for her.  She still insisted that h!
er rescuers brace the whale before she would leave its side, raising her to hero status in their eyes.  Marine biologists intervened to rescue the stranded whales, tend their injuries, and feed them until they were strong enough to be released.  Still, only Koby could calm the whales enough to prevent them from ramming the walls of the pool and receive some food.  Will Koby risk her life by swimming withthe whales?  Will they survive captivity?  An impending hurricane?  Will Koby find friends?  Will her family break up?  Read Stranded to discover the fascinating end to this unique saga.  (Julia S. Fanning,, Busbee Middle School, Cayce, S.C.)
SUBJECTS:     Whales -- Fiction. 
                        Wildlife rescue -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        Florida Keys (Fla.) -- Fiction.
                        Self-reliance -- Fiction.


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