Article Title

One White Dolphin


Emily Loveless


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Gill Lewis, Raquel Aparicio, Environment & Ecology, Marine Life, Dolphins, Sailing, Fishing, Loss, Coming of Age

Document Type

Book Review


With her father out of work, her aunt’s patience waning fast, and the local fishermen chomping at the bit to dredge the reef the moment the ban lifts, everything Kara remembers of her mother is on the edge of changing in the worst way possible. Then a baby albino dolphin, wrapped in old fishing net, washes up on the beach and Kara begins to think that there may be a way to save the reef and her mother’s memory. With new kid Felix and the vets, Kara works to save the injured dolphin and reunite it with its mother. When the dredging ban is lifted despite their efforts, Kara must watch in despair as the last thing her mother defended is destroyed. But the winds change when Jake, Kara’s worst bully, makes a rash claim and sails into the worst storm of the season. To save him, she risks the seas herself and their harrowing escape from death softens the hearts of the most entrenched fishermen, including Jake’s own father who goes from the biggest supporter of the dredging to a force in the new movement to repair and protect the reef.