Exciting news! My book, ” Orca Rescue! The true story of an orphaned orca named Springer was published this month by Kids Can Press. The middle grade nonfiction book tells the story of how a young orca was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to her pod more than 300 miles away. It’s the first and so far only successful orca reunion in history.

Almost twenty years later Springer is thriving, tending her two calves. On the same day the book was published, Oceanwise announced that Springer is expecting again!

The story is told as it happened, from my perspective as a community organizer on the project. Fact spreads are interspersed with the narrative, and the illustrations by Sarah Burwash are wonderful – orcas leap from every page! I think kids will love it and I hope you do too.

Springer breaching in Seattle, 2002. Photo by Mark Sears.

The little whale changed my life in showing me what is possible when humans work together, and put the whales’ best interest first. Her success inspired me to start The Whale Trail, with many of the same partners who brought her safely home.

The book is written for middle graders, but adults and families will enjoy it too. Many of the stories in the book have never been told. I love thinking about the imaginations it will inspire, and the curiosities it will spark. A true story of hope in an era that surely needs one.

If you read the book, would love to hear what you think! Reach me at donna@thewhaletrail.org.

We’re hosting a book launch and signing event this Sunday October 17 from 3 to 5 PM at C&P Coffee in West Seattle. Free and open to the public, proof of vaccination and masks required. Please join us if you’re near!

Springer, Spirit and Storm. (Oceanwise 2021)