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Friday’s Harbor

By Diane Hammond

0062124218_01__SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Today we have something a little different in the way of current fiction. Friday’s Harbor was published October 8, 2013. It is 352 pages. I received an advance reviewers copy from LibraryThing back in August in exchange for an honest review. This is the sequel to her first book, Hannah’s Dream. I have not read that one yet.


Friday is a killer whale that the Biedelman Zoo rescues from a bad situation in Columbia. We learn a lot about the care and treatment of killer whales in captivity. There are many things to consider when caring for a whale. I thought that the book was very educational about the time and effort that goes into maintaining a mammal this large. How does a small town zoo adapt to the fame of a killer whale?

I enjoyed this book and it’s quirky cast of characters. The zoo and the public are pitted against each other by the involvement of the media. The animal activists start to cause problems for the zoo. They feel that Friday should be released back into the wild. What will happen to Friday? Will he thrive in captivity? Will he die of loneliness? Would he be able to survive in the wild after so many years in captivity? Read the book and you will find out what happens.

A short easy to read, an interesting animal story. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.



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