Out on 30 May 2024

Song of the Dolphin Boy

Elizabeth Laird

Illustrated by Shonagh Rae

Ages 7 to 9
30 May 2024
240 pages


From award-winning and beloved children's author Elizabeth Laird comes a stunning edition of Song of the Dolphin Boy, with a cover illustration by Shonagh Rae, an updated author letter and additional content from the author, including discussion notes. This moving adventure about the impact of plastic pollution on our seas is must-read modern classic, with black and white illustrations by Peter Bailey.

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny Scottish fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb.

He's always felt that something was missing; until one day he dives into the ocean and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home.

But his new friends are in danger of being injured by the rubbish that floats out into the water - and now a supermarket is going to release thousands of balloons that could drift out to sea and cause even more damage. Desperate to help the dolphins, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew, a group of kids who have always left Finn out. Will they be able to set aside their differences to save the dolphins? And what will Finn discover about his past along the way?

This edition includes brilliant extra material, such as:
- An author letter by Elizabeth Laird
- Extra content from the author, including reading group questions

A lively and inspiring tale of village life and the dangers to wildlife of releasing balloons.
Laird brings important real-life issues to this exciting adventure set against the rugged Scottish landscape. Peter Bailey’s atmospheric black and white illustrations bring the story to life and Laird gently reminds us that we all have a responsibility to take care of our precious marine life.
[B]rilliantly captures the problem of how an outsider can find a place where they truly belong . . . it is also a powerful story about the terrible threat to the sea and all the creatures that live in it from the casual discarding of plastic waste.