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Dolphin Freedom Paperback – July 5, 2000


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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6The third and most dramatic in a series of novels about Grover and Baby, a dolphin whose life he saved years before. The plot is full of tension and suspense, as the man and his friends try to rescue several dolphins from the poachers who have captured the animals to sell to aquariums. As the danger mounts, it soon becomes clear that lives, human and dolphin, are very much at stake. Grovers claim that he is able to communicate telepathically with Baby and the pod is convincing. Scenes of a dolphin drowning in a poachers net (it is rescued at the last minute), of dolphins and rescuers dodging bullets in the water as they are pursued, and of the freed dolphins turning on their captors to protect Grover and his companions will have readers on the edge of their seats. Fowlers soft-pencil drawings are interesting and effective. This informative and exciting adventure on the high seas makes great reading even for reluctant readers and will make dolphin lovers out of all children.Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

In the third book of this marine adventure series that began with the nonfiction Dolphin Adventure (1990) and continued in the novel Dolphin Treasure (1996), diver Wayne Grover becomes involved in trying to save dolphins from being captured by an illegal poaching ring off the coast of Florida. Aided by friends Amos and Jack, Wayne embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue and free Baby, the beloved dolphin whose life Wayne saved years before, and the members of its family. Action and suspense combine with an informative account of dolphin life, and an environmentally aware message about the dangers of poaching. Grover includes many fascinating facts about dolphins, including their gentle nature and potential for human bonding, as well as the hazards of the flip side: how taming wild animals can have tragic repercussions. Alternating chapters contrast the dolphins' plight with Wayne's responses and action for a fast-paced read; age-appropriate and reader-friendly, the book is a boon for fans of wildlife-and action-adventures in general. Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (July 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wayne Grover and his friends once again are boating around off the coast of Florida when they realize their ever present dolphin pod is missing. They have a nasty run in with dolphin poachers but after telling the local police are told they can't do anything about it. Wayne decides he must rescue Baby and his family one way or the other and they get themselves into lots of troubles as they set out to rescue the dolphins from deplorable holding pens off a Bahamian island.

This third book in the series is quite different from the first two. For one it is longer and written at a higher reading level and secondly it is not the sweet, heart touching story of the others. This one involves lots of adventure, a fight in a Bahamian Bar and the men swim for their life as they are shot at. It is a well-written adventure story for children but I must say it was my least favourite of the series. On the other hand, I must tell that it was the 8yo's favourite of the series. He was on the edge of his seat with excitement during the final shoot-out getaway. This one is definitely a "boy" book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooling mom on December 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved having my 9 year old son read the first two books in this series. I wasn't as thrilled with this one, only because it involved drinking, fighting, shooting, and threats of killing (including a knife to the throat and imminent death). The writing was just as good as the other two, but I had to do a lot of explaining to my somewhat naive son, which I wasn't expecting, based on the first two books. It is definitely more action-packed than the other two, for better or for worse.
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A Kid's Review on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the third book about Wayne Grover and a dolphin named Baby. I am a homeschooled 10 year old and this was easy for me to read. It was like watching a movie, only better. It was that exciting! There were some parts that worried me about what would happen to Baby and Wayne. I liked the other two books, but not as much as this one. I really enjoyed the last book in the series best.
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By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Library Binding
This is a very good book about a man who befriends some dolphins and helps to rescue them from poachers. There are more books - Dolphin Adventures & Dolphin Treasures. I recommend this book for students in grades 2 - 4.
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