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Hello, my name is James Carmody. I am the author of 'The Girl Who Dreamt of Dolphins', 'Dolphin-Child' and 'Midnight Dolphin'. All three books form the Dolphin-Child Trilogy about a girl called Lucy Parr and the special ability she has to communicate with a dolphin called Spirit.
I was born in 1967 and so am in my late forties . I live in London with my wife and daughter. I was inspired to write about dolphins when we visited Zanzibar (off the coast of Tanzania) in the summer of 2010. We went on a dolphin watching trip one day from a small village down the coast from Stone Town.
I thought that this would be an amazing experience in which we swam with dolphins who would come up to us and greet us. Instead there were any number of tourist boats pursuing a pod of dolphins. Every time dolphins would surface, the boats would all buzz over to them them and all the tourists would pile into the water to be able to say that they had swum with dolphins.
I felt rather uncomfortable about the whole experience and felt that we were harassing the dolphins more than communing with them. Afterwards I thought, 'What if it really were possible to communicate with dolphins?'
I have also put up a factual website about dolphins called 'Dolphins for Kids'. Do pay it a visit!
on April 05, 2014 :
Lucy dreams of dolphins. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t. Her father wouldn’t understand, and since her mother ‘disappeared’ he doesn’t pay much attention to her anyway – often forgetting to collect her from school, among other things. Despite this, he doesn’t want help from her aunt, who would be only too pleased to help out, and give them a holiday in Cornwall. Dad wants to keep Lucy away from Cornwall at all costs – in case she suffers the same problem as her mother.
In fact, Lucy doesn’t need to live in Cornwall to have a very close relationship with a dolphin named Spirit. She finds herself more and more involved in his adventures. Then danger befalls him, and he sees her helping to direct him to safety. What is this connection, and how dangerous can it be – for Lucy and for Spirit?
This is a beautifully told tale suitable for older middle grades and possibly to be read to younger children ready for natural history lessons. Lucy’s story is interspersed with chapters focusing on life in the sea with Spirit and his friends, until it all comes together in an exciting climax. It’s a good story even if you’ve read a lot of dolphin tales, and the idea of communing with other animals, especially dolphins, is attractive to many youngsters – and oldsters like me!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 08, 2013 :
This is a really beautiful story. The characters of Lucy and the dolphins are very well written, and there is a lot of action that made it hard to stop reading for necessary breaks.
I'm looking forward to read the next in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 25, 2013 :
Really enjoyed this story. The main character, Lucy, is a likeable girl in a tough situation. I found her connection with Spirit and the dolphins very intriguing, and loved how the story mixed her everyday life with spooky underwater powers. There's definitely something special about the relationship between people and dolphins, and this story captures that strange magic. Highly recommended.
(review of free book)