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Chris Vick is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. In between writing and teaching, Chris works for a whale and dolphin conservation charity and is a proud member of Authors4Oceans. He lives near Bath with his wife and daughter. Girl. Boy. Sea. was shortlisted for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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Charged by super plotting, the infectious passion of young eco-campaigners across three generations, and a powerful environmental call to action, Chris Vick’s The Last Whale is a rousing, enchanting triumph. In the present-day, Abi’s passion for eco-activism has got her into trouble, but she remains set on gathering environmental intel using a sophisticated quantum AI computer designed to collect and analyse ecological data, a machine her little sister names Moonlight. During a family holiday to her grandmother’s remote Norwegian island, Abi discovers her great-grandfather’s connection to - and rejection of - the whaling industry. Through his recordings and diaries, and with the help of Moonlight, Abi realises that whale song is more than mere song - the songs are maps. But, with Moonlight’s owners on her trail, time is running out. With Abi’s quest bound up in the interconnectedness of life on earth, and the urgent need to protect and restore the web of life, it has profound power that’s passed down the generations when we meet her thirty years later, along with her daughter Tonje. In Tonje’s story, mother and daughter are searching for whales. Though the sea is silent and the world’s ecosystems are failing, hope comes and Tonje takes up the mantle of her mother’s work. Packed with action and a marvellous coming together of nature, technology and the inspirational dedication of young eco-activists, this will have huge appeal for readers who love all-out, character-driven adventure stories, and those who are into environmental themes.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020 | Storm, shipwreck, survival. Chris Vick's novel delves deep into the might and majesty of the unpredictable ocean, the strength of an unlikely friendship between a British boy and a Berber girl and their will to survive against all the odds.