A compelling nonfiction picture book about the remarkable rescue of an orphaned orca calf, Springer (A73), whose story captured the hearts of whale lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In 2002, a killer whale calf was discovered swimming alone in Puget Sound. This picture book follows the amazing true story of her identification as a member of the A4 pod, a family of Northern Resident orcas living off the coast of British Columbia, and the team of scientists who worked together against all odds to save her from starvation and reunite her with her family.
The challenges of capturing Springer, transporting her north from Puget Sound to Canadian waters, and coordinating her release to facilitate a hopeful acceptance back into her family are brought to life in beautiful illustrations that will appeal to readers of all ages.
This is a hopeful and celebratory conservation story with a happy ending: Springer gave birth to her first calf, Spirit, in 2013, and a second calf, Storm, in 2017.
In addition to the narrative, there are 5 pages of illustrated back matter that go deeper into Springer's story, and include her family tree, a map of her rescue journey, as well as more about how orcas are at risk and what we can do to help.
March 24, 2020
Lexile: 950L | Fountas/Pinnell: R
AMANDA ABLER grew up in New Hampshire where she developed a love of snow, being on the water, and maple syrup. Pursuing her interest in science, she earned a B.S. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She loves writing nonfiction because of all the interesting things she gets to learn and the new people she gets to meet. Amanda lives in Seattle with her family and their small, ferocious dog, Bear. She is also the author of The Spirit of Springer
, which is her authorial debut.
LEVI HASTINGS is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Seattle. His work reflects his lifelong obsessions with natural science, travel, history, and queer culture. He's been published in a wide range of outlets, from regional papers like the Stranger
to national periodicals like the Washington Post Magazine.
He is also the illustrator of The Spirit of Springer
"This beautiful book tells a suspenseful, heart-rending true story"--The New York Times
"A spirited introduction to a fascinating rescue."--Kirkus Reviews
"The monumental efforts of the scientists—hailing from both the U.S. and Canada—and the great love they have for the young orca are inspiring to read about and provide great models of empathy."--Booklist
This book is a delightful find for STEM enthusiasts and also for kids who just like a good story."--School Library Journal
"It’s a touching and inspiring story about the connection between humans and cetaceans"--Hakai Magazine