The Boy Who Met a Whale
by Nizrana Farook
You adventured into a lush and danger-filled jungle with no-nonsense Chaya and her intrepid gang… Now, get ready to head to the island of Serendib where you’ll get swept up into a brand-new tale from author Nizrana Farook packed with kidnapping, missing treasure, and a huge blue whale!
A local fisherboy named Razi is watching tiny turtles eggs hatch and make their first meeting with the sea when he spots a dark object bobbing closer and closer to shore with every wave. As the boat comes moves toward him, Razi makes out some strange lettering etched on the side and something small and still hanging over the side. A hand.
Lying sunburned and unconscious inside is Zheng, a boy who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But Razi and his sister Shifa soon find themselves being pursued by the same villains who are after Zheng, and so begins an exhilarating escapade in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all.
Young fans of adventure and fantasy and author Nizrana Farook’s first action-packed tale are sure to enjoy the thrill of her newest briskly paced quest that swells with empathetic heroes, missing treasure, a vibrant, authentic landscape inspired by Sri Lanka, and a great beast lurking beneath.
“It’s a thrilling, old-fashioned treasure hunt, and the Sri Lankan setting makes familiar arcs feel fresh. Short, action-packed chapters keep things moving at a fast clip, while lush descriptions and flashes of beauty (including an astonishing encounter with the titular whale) will keep readers absorbed. A proper adventure story with a tender heart.” —Booklist
“An exciting and appealing page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews