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Book Review: The Longest Whale Song - Jacqueline Wilson

The Longest Whale Song cover


Jacqueline Wilson

The story

Ella really isn't thrilled when she finds out her mum is going to have a baby with her dull step-dad Jack. But when Ella's mum falls into a coma after giving birth she and Jack are forced together.

With a new baby to look after, an annoying step-dad nagging her and a best friend who has just dumped her for someone else, Ella's life isn't looking great. Surely things have got to get better!

But when Ella starts a whale project, things start to change. She finds some new friends, and a new song... could the whale song be the key to bringing mum out of the coma? You'll have to read it to find out!

The characters

Ella is the main character. She's a bit grumpy but has lots of reasons to be! She tries really hard to help her mum but is finding it difficult coping with it all. When baby Samson comes along she realises maybe having a new brother isn't all that bad!

Jack is Ella's dull step-dad. They don't really get on. As you read more of the book you can't help but start to like him, especially when he keeps showing off his cooking skills.

Samson is Ella's new baby brother. He's so cute! We also love Ella's new friend Joseph and his tasty fudge! Yum!


The story is quite sad so you might need to have some tissues nearby, just to be prepared! But don't worry there are quite a few funny parts too.

We loved the part when Ella starts trying to speak like a whale, though no-one else is a fan!

Any weak bits?

We'd really like to know a bit more about what happens when Ella's mum wakes up. A few more chapters would have been great!


It's definitely a great read with lots of twists to keep you interested. You'll want to get to the end just to find out what is going to happen to Ella's mum!

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Your Comments

"I thought it was a brilliant book! Absolutely love it!!! Jacqueline Wilson is a brilliant writer."

Lucy, 8, Leeds, England

"This is a fantastic book and I completely recommend it to all Jacky's fans out there, and even other people who have never heard of her before. You will love it I can guarantee!!!"

Ella, 10, Wiltshire, England

"I was sad that the book was a bit babyish but it was a good read anyway- and quite sad!"

Poppy, 14, Kent, England

"I love it!"

Faye, 9, Cheshire, England


Jack, 14, Derby, England

"The Longest Whale Song is the best book ever!"

Amy, 9, Norfolk, England

"I like this book because you never know what's going to happen!"

Briony, 12, Leicestershire, England

"It's one of the best books I've ever read. It has such a good story line. Jacqueline has told an amazing tale yet again!"

Sofia, 10, Warwickshire, England

"This book is beyond amazing!"

Catherine, 12, England

"Love it!"

Angel, 10, Birmingham, England

"It was good, better then ever!"

Cicily, 10, Westmoreland County, USA

"I read this book and thought it was great! I love it!!"

Ella, 10, UK

"This is a really great book! Ella is about to have a new baby brother when her mum falls into a coma. In class she is learning about whales and how they talk without people being able to hear them. Ella wants to see if a whale song will reach her mom to tell her how much she loves her."

Jade, 12, Nicosia, Cyprus

"I love this book and I love Jacqueline Wilson, but it wasn't my favourite one that she's ever done."

Ellie, 9, York, England

"I think this book is one of a kind. For some reason I like Samson!"

Safiyah, 10, London, England

"This is a great book! It was a bit sad, but I still loved it!"

Rachel, 11, Norfolk, England

"I think this book is really good because of the storyline."

Olivia, 10, Sheffield, England

"It's really sad, but it has loads of descriptions and I really loved it."

Rachel, 9, Portsmouth, England

"I thought this book was amazing! It's emotional, then funny and then sad! I thought it was one of Jacqueline Wilson's best EVER books."

Ana, 11, Leicestershire, England

"I think The Longest Whale Song was really really fab, but it was also a bit sad. The last chapter was really touching and made my eyes water!"

Erin, 10, Devon, England

"I read the book in three days and loved it. I started reading it the minute I bought it! 10/10!"

Katie, 10, Portsmouth, England

"I read this and thought it was really good! Some bits could have been a bit longer, but overall it was a very good read!"

Sarah, 9, London, England

"This book is a bit different to her others, but I still think it's fab. Keep on writing Jacqueline! My friends and I think you're a real inspiration!"

Ellie, 11, Hampshire, England

"This book is so... AMAZING!!"

Mia, 8, Hampshire, England

"I've recently read it and thought it was really good, although the ending was a bit dodgy! I think there should have been more chapters and I didn't like how it was all in the present tense."

Evie, 11, Peterborough, England

"I liked it because the main character is brave and she reads a book about herself."

Brogan, 6, Cumbria, England

"It's really good even though I haven't finished it. I would recommend it because it's dramatic."

Kate, 9, Southampton, England

"This book can only be described as: amazing, un-put-downable and FABULOUS!"

Niahm, 11, Kent, England

"This is typical of a Jacqueline Wilson book, but as usual, unique and lovely. There is something with every book Wilson writes that makes you want to never stop. As always this book has it."

Bryony, 11, London, England

"This is a brilliant but sad book. It is one of my favourites by Jacqueline Wilson! I definitely recommend it!"

Chloe, 11, Cambridge, England

"I love it! I would recommend it to people who love twists and turns. I do agree that it's quite sad but overall but it is a fantastic read!"

Hannah, 12, Brighton, England

"I think it's great!"

Amna, 10, England

"I really enjoyed this book as I loved the storyline! I love how she makes you feel like you are Ella! I would recommend it to anyone!"

Amy, 10, Manchester, England

"The Longest Whale Song is very interesting. I love Ella the main character and her baby brother Samson!"

Belita, 7, London, England

"I didn't really think I'd enjoy it, but I got given it for a present and it was a lot better than I expected. The storyline was typical of Jacqueline Wilson and like all her books, there was something unique in it."

Cate, 13, Sussex, England

"This book is full of exciting conflicts that you could never imagine. Ella has a lot of personality so you'll like it!"

Sophia, 12, London, England

"I loved it! It was the best book EVER!"

Lily, 9, Edinburgh, Scotland

"This book is full of different emotions. I hope there's going to be another one!"

Fiona, 10, Glasgow, England

"It's very good, but a little bit sad."

Bella, 8, London, England

"I love this story. It's REALLY good to read!"

Emily, 10, Leeds, England

"I thought this book was really good and I could really relate to Ella."

Emily, 11, Barnsley, England

"I love The Longest Whale Song because it makes you feel very brave like Ella."

Katie, 11, Essex, England

"I thought it was so boring, but it did have a good storyline."

Janice, 12, Kent, England

"I've already read Hetty Feather and I am reading this at the moment, I think it's really good."

Annie, 8, West Sussex, England

"I loved this book. It is not my favourite JW book but I still enjoyed it very much."

Jodie, 9, Scotland

"This book is witty yet full of emotion. It really transports you into Ella's shoes. However, it didn't have as much going on as I would've liked and if you enjoy novels full of thrills with lots going on, this isn't for you."

Anna, 11, London, England

"I love it!"

Abby, 7, Bedfordshire, England

"I love this book."

Beth, 14, Leeds, England

"Loved it!"

Phoebe, 11, London, England

"This book is very, very, very great!"

Robyn, 5, UK

"I love this book!"

Faith, 8, Oldham, England

"I like this book. I like the character Ella because she is kind. Ella isn't happy when she finds out her mum is going to have a baby. While her mum is in a coma she is stuck with her horrible step-dad Jack and she wishes that her real dad would come one day."

Sophie, 9, UK

"I like this story, I wish that I was an author."

Jemima, 10, Luton, England

"It is really good. Unlike in Harry Potter, lots of different things happen so it doesn't get boring."

Georgia, 10, Hampshire, England

"I quite liked this book, but it was kind of confusing because there are so many things going on! I think Jacqueline Wilson could do a bit better. But I am still her number one fan!"

Emen, 11, London, England

"This book is great! I loved the facts about all the different whales, although the book is sad in many parts. I would have also liked there to have been a few more chapters!"

Yinka, 12, Reading, England

"I love it, it is very moving."

Izzy, 11, Hampshire, England

"I love this book! I would definitely recommend it."

Alexandra, 11, Derby, England

"I love this book!"

Sonia, 10, Luton, England

"It's GREAT!"

Mollie, 8, Derbyshire, England

"A fantastic read. It made me realise how lucky I am to not be in Ella's situation."

Morven, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"This book is great. I got it for my eleventh birthday. Jacqueline Wilson rocks!!"

Hanna, 11, London, England

"I think this book is brilliant - it couldn't have been better. I love all of the story, it's amazing."

Chloe, 13, West Bromwich, England

"The book has really good parts and also sad bits. Overall it was really good."

Lily, 11, London, England

"It's great."

Sabrina, 11, England

"It is brilliant!!"

Holly, 12, Herefordshire, England

"It's fantastic."

Isabelle, 5, Peterborough, England

"I think this book is brilliant, but please can JW bring back Tracy Beaker?!"

Maqdus, 10, Luton, England

"I really loved this book! I got it signed by Jacqueline herself! One of her best books by far! I would recommend this book to all the Jackie fans out there."

Erika, 9, London, England

"I think it is a great book, i looooove it!"

Rosie, 10, Conwy, Wales

"I think this is the best book from Jacqueline Wilson yet! I love the ending, I think it's magic!"

Yvie, 8, York, England

"It's great!"

Poppy, 12, London, England

"The best book ever!"

Chloe, 9, Kent, England

"I think Jacqueline has come up with the best book ever! Ella is such a life-like character. It makes me think how lucky I am to have my family, even if they're not perfect!"

Heaven, 10, Cheshire, England

"The Longest Whale Song is very emotional. I have just about finished all of Jacqueline's books and this one is the best so far!"

Kate, 9, South Shields, England

"This book is very good, it has a good story line. I couldn't put it down when I first started reading it, and finished it in two nights!"

Zara, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"This book is fab!! I really wanted to go to see Jacky in Birmingham but I couldn't get tickets. She is my no. 1 author!!"

Alice, 9, West Midlands, England

"This story has fascinating bits and boring bits!"

Sapphire, 9, London, England

"I have heard the first chapter and it sounds really good. I am going to get my dad to get it for me as soon as possible!"

Megan, 10, Glasgow, England

"I love it! I even got my copy of the book signed by Jacqueline herself!"

Rachel, 11, Essex, England

"The book is good but confusing, there are too many things going on. This is the only Jacqueline Wilson book that is rubbish."

Lauren, 10, Clwyd, Wales

"It's a really good story! I really loved it!"

Irina, 13, London, England

"I really love this book."

Erin, 9, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"It is cool!"

Celyn, 9, Gwynedd, Wales

"I normally love Jacqueline Wilson, but I was disappointed with The Longest Whale Song. It seemed like a book to fill her contract, to be honest. Ella is very hard to like, and I think this is her worst ever book."

Joanne, 11, Manchester, England

"I loved this book and I also liked how during the book Ella and Jack made a bond."

Daisy, 12, Aberdeen, England

"I love Jacqueline Wilson books and the Longest Whale Song is one of my favourite!"

Grace, 9, Essex, England

"When reading the book, I could feel myself warming towards Ella immediately. I found the story touching and I found myself going on a great journey! I would highly recommend it!"

Ellie, 12, Liverpool, England

"I think it was an absolutely brilliant book, but I think that some of the chapters were very similar."

Sheila, 11, London, England

"Jacqueline Wilson is the best and The Longest Whale Song is just one JW book of many that rock!"

Jasmine, 9, Leicestershire, England

"I read the book and I found it touching! I love Ella in the story!"

Amy, 10, N. Ireland

"Another brilliant book from Jacqueline Wilson. I read it in five nights!"

Charlotte, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"I love this book! I bought it yesterday and don't want to put it down. Jacqueline Wilson is the best writer!"

Amelia, 9, Cheshire, England

"I didn't really like this book at all!"

Alice, 9, Gloucestershire, England

"This book is a real page turner! I couldn't put it down and I finished it in three days!"

Chloe, 12, England

"I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and loved the fact that it's different to her other books!"

Poppy, 13, Gloucester, England

"This book made me cry just reading the blurb! Ella is stuck with her dull step-dad and a new baby brother while her mum is in a coma. She tries to send her mum a whale song to tell her how much she loves her! You will have to read the story to see what happens NEXT!"

Jade, 13, Nicosia, Cyprus

"I think it's good, but not that good. I think Jacky is running out of ideas! I know what fans want - another Tracy Beaker book! Get Tracy Beaker back!"

Jake, 10, Nottingham, England

"Yet another absolutely amazing book from Jacky - sooo good!"

Eve, 12, Cheshire, England

"I think it's amazing, I really enjoyed it."

Rebeca, 9, Co. Durham, England

"I love it, even more than my sister!"

Jodie, 10, London, England

"I loved The Longest Whale Song. It was so moving."

Bethan, 10, England

"I really like Jacqueline Wilson. I love all of her books."

Lucy, 9, Berkshire, England

"It's good!"

Mollie, 9, UK

"It's BRILLIANT! Everybody should read it!"

Suzie, 10, York, England

"I love Jacqueline Wilson books, especially The Longest Whale Song - it is so cool and funny."

Laura, 13, Cheshire, England

"This book is very good, I liked it so much!"

Maddie, 8, Bedfordshire, England

"I love Jacqueline Wilson and her books."

Kiaya, 10, Shropshire, England

"I think it is really good. I love it so much, I want to read it over and over again!"

Sophie, 10, Kent, England

"This book is going to be good!"

Rahkeisha, 7, England

"It's such a good book, but I wish you could find out what happens at the end!"

Florence, 8, London, England

"The best book I have ever read!!"

Lola, 13, London, England

"I do want to read the book, but my school does not have it and it is a bit pricey for me. So as anxious as I am to read it, I don't think I will have the opportunity for a very long time."

Rua, 11, Manchester, England

"Well, I haven't read it yet but I'm going to buy it."

Emma Jayne, 11, Wirral, England

"I think it is very good."

Kimberley, 6, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"I am a few chapters in and I already love 'The Longest Whale Song'. It is much more gripping than 'Hetty Feather' and draws you in straight away."

Natalie, 12, Hampshire, England

"This book is mega interesting!"

Poppy, 10, Greater Manchester, England

"One of my favourites so far!"

Lucy, 12, UK

"It was a good read and I was really excited to find out what happened as I carried on reading!"

Alexandra, 10, Berkshire, England

"I didn't think this would be as good as the books I've previously enjoyed, but I was SO wrong! It's one of my favourites! I'm LONGING for a sequel, but doubt there'll be one."

Libby, 14, Portsmouth, England

"It's a really good book with a lovely ending. I really liked it!"

Layla, 10, Warwickshire, England

"I got the mini book from the JW magazine and the story was amazing, I can't wait to read on!"

Abbie, 8, UK

"Her books are all so good, but this is the best so far."

Ruhama, 11, Bristol, England

"I think this book is amazingly well adapted for children who go through this situation. Once again Jacqueline has reached our hearts."

Charlotte, 13, Yorkshire, England

"It's excellent!"

Sunny, 12, London, England

"It's very good."

Courtney, 8, Kent, England

"I love The Longest Wale Song because it's written by Jacqueline Wilson and it's amazing. I love it!"

Rebecca, 9, Manchester, England

"I love the book! It's a bit sad but still great!"

Ella, 10, Ireland

"I think it's good, but it could have been a lot better!"

Marcus, 12, London, England

"I love this book! 5 stars!"

Ada, 11, London, England

"The Longest Whale Song is a jaw-dropping book. I have just finished reading it today. It has a lot of emotion and I recommend it to everyone, especially Jacqueline Wilson fans! I hope you all get to read it because it's a fabulous book!"

Izzi, 10, Devon, England

"I love Jacqueline Wilson!"

Zoe, 9, Liverpool, England

"I think this book is an adventure."

Sara, 10, London, England

"This book is so amazing!"

Lauren, 10, Sheffield, England

"Very good!!"

Ria, 5, London, England

"I've read a chapter of it and it seems a bit sad."

Liesl, 10, Worcestershire, England

"This book looks really good, I love Jacqueline Wilson! I have read many of her books and I'm looking forward to reading this one."

Lauren, 11, England

"I haven't read it yet but it looks really good!!"

Susie, 9, Somerset, England

"It is a fantastic book! Once you've read it, you'll want to read it again and again."

Aimee, 8, London, England

"I really enjoyed this book even though it's very sad. I marvelled at how she coped without her mum."

Chloe, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I haven't bought this book yet, but it's the only Jacqueline Wilson book I haven't read!"

Chloe, 9, Surrey, England

"I haven't read the book but it looks really good so I will try to buy it."

Elle, 11, Hampshire, England

"I have read a sample of this book and it is brilliant!"

Tamara, 12, London, England

"After I read a snippet of the book, I thought it was going to be really boring. However, after reading the whole thing, I think it's really good!"

Clara, 12, N. Ireland

"I thought the book was absolutely amazing!"

Shola, 8, London, England

"I love this book!"

Taylor, 12, Manchester, England

"I really enjoy Jacqueline Wilson's books, she's the best author in the whole world!"

Leah, 10, Clwyd, Wales

"I love this book!"

Stacey, 10, Kent, England

"I love it!"

Jessica, 9, London, England

"It's very, very good!"

Renee, 9, London, England

"I've only read the taster for this book so far and I think it's really good, although it's quite easy to read."

Rebecca, 12, England

"I met Jacqueline herself and she is really lovely. Her new book is amazing!"

Tanya, 12, Birmingham, England

"I like the book very much."

Lizzie, 9, London, England

"Jacqueline is back and better than ever!"

Amy, 10, Renfrewshire, Scotland

"I really want to read this book!"

Lucinda, 10, Brighton, England

"I loved it!"

Laila, 10, Melbourne, Australia

"This is a very good book and I hope everyone reads it!"

Marney, 8, London, England

"I think it's really good and exciting."

Samantha, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I thought it was absolutely amazing. The way the author portrayed the characters was incredible. Well done!"

Fearne, 11, Leicester, England

"This book is fantastic! I couldn't put it down."

Zoe, 10, London, England

"It's a FABULOUS book!"

Janet, 12, Blackburn, England

"Great! I've read it and it's another great book from Jacqueline!"

Patrick, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I love this book because it has fantastic stuff in it and I really like Ella!"

Belinda, 10, London, England

"I think it's brilliant! I'm her number one fan and love her work!"

Bobby, 9, Leicestershire, England

"I love Jacqueline Wilson books! This one is awesome!"

Holly, 11, Stevenage, England

"I love this book! Ella's stepdad is rude."

Yasmin, 8, Essex, England

"Another brilliant book by Jacqueline Wilson!"

Imogen, 11, Kent, England

"I can't wait to get this book, it looks great! I have read the extract from the Jacqueline Wilson magazine so I am already part way into the book!"

Jennie, 10, Manchester, England

"I have not read the book yet but I want to. I can't wait to read it!!"

Elizabeth, 11, Ireland

"I haven't read the book yet but I want to!!"

Amy, 12, England

"A really amazing, touching novel. I can just imagine what Ella must be feeling during such a scary time."

Olivia, 11, London, England

"I really like Jacqueline Wilson's book."

Munaiza, 10, London, England

"I am sooooo looking forward to reading this book!"

Sarah, 8, London, England

"I enjoyed the story very much. I like Ella's bunches and red rosy cheeks. Things were bad at first but when Ella started her project she was a lot happier and she was excited because she was going on holiday."

Sadie-May, 6, Carmarthen, Wales

"I like Jacqueline Wilson's books, but only her old ones. The newer ones such as Cookie, My Sister Jodie and Little Darlings are terrible. This one is about the same. Surely Jackie can do better?! 1/10."

Chiara, 11, Renfrewshire, Scotland

"I haven't read The Longest Whale Song yet but I love all of Jacqueline Wilson's books and I'd like to read it!"

Georjiajo, 10, Blackpool, England