The Forever Whale by Sarah Lean (author) (UK edition)

The Forever Whale

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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A family secret waiting to be discovered… from bestselling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

A shared story can last forever.

Hannah’s grandad loves telling stories from his past, but there’s one that he can’t remember… one that Hannah knows is important.

When a whale appears off the coast, clues to Grandad’s secret begin to surface. Hannah is determined to solve the mystery but, as she gets closer to the truth, Grandad’s story is more extraordinary than she imagined.

Includes beautiful inside artwork from hugely talented illustrator, Gary Blythe.

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Date published

July 4th, 2013

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 5.0 points



UK edition


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  1. ReadingMe
    on 24 October 2017

    THE BEST BOOK EVER! Such as touching book! This book has got me through my very hard times! I am sooo happy that I read this! Truly recommend! Its a must have! Thank you Sarah for such a touching story!

    - ReadingMe

    5 out of 5
  2. Hiitsme
    on 30 December 2014

    Good book!

    5 out of 5
  3. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    It’s a lovely story but a bit boring.

  4. Mohsen1010
    on 8 March 2014

    Yet another beautiful book by Sarah Lean, well written with a satisfying ending. May be upsetting for those who may not be fully aware of Alzheimer’s disease. All in all, a very good book.

  5. sealsammy
    on 7 March 2014

    very toutching book

  6. magic-fairy
    on 7 March 2014

    Unforgettable, moving stuff by the author of A Dog Called Homeless. Can a whale save Hannah’s grandad as his memory starts to fade? A shared story can last forever. Memories scoop you up and take you back to another time, so you can feel things all over again. All their lives, Hannah and Grandad have shared memories, bringing bright things up out of the past. But now Grandad’s forgotten everything. Worse, he hasn’t yet told Hannah his most important memory – the one about a whale… We can think of some truly epic books about age and memory: Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond; River Boy by Tim Bowler. Well, this wonderful book deserves to rank alongside them.

  7. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    This book was ok but wasn’t my type

    5 out of 5