Book – Stranded by Linda Jane Keegan
As the tide drifts out, magnificent creatures are left on the beach . . . stranded. As the whales settle helplessly on the sand, humans start to arrive. They carry buckets and spades, wetsuits and white sheets. Can the stranded upokohue be saved? A heartfelt story of loss and coming together, written by volunteer marine mammal medic Linda Jane Keegan with illustrations by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White.
Linda Jane Keegan is a writer and outdoor enthusiast with a background in ecology and environmental education. She is also a volunteer marine mammal medic through Project Jonah and assisted at the mass stranding at Farewell Spit in 2021 which the story is based on. Her previous book Things in the Sea are Touching Me! (Scholastic, 2019) was a 2020 Storylines Notable Book, shortlisted for best children’s book in the 2020 NZ Booklovers Award, and shortlisted for best picture book in the 2019 NZCYA Book Awards. She lives in Golden Bay.