New for January 2011 this is an adorable story aimed at the younger confident reader (9+). Danny is a young carer looking after his wheelchair-bound dad. He is learning with difficulty what it is like to have to be grown up when you are only eleven. Into his life comes Vaquita, his neighbour who everyone thought had left four years previously but who is fact a halfling – half woman half porpoise – who longs to get back to the sea. Can Danny help and what will it mean for his own difficult life?
Your heart aches for Danny as he tries to understand his life in the context of his class project about the community and the realisation that he is a young carer. Vaquita’s story adds a touch of mystical. The writing will appeal to younger readers and mixes fact with fiction. Different, sensitive, uplifting and very special.