Book: The Storm Bottle by Nick Greencategories: Book, Middle-Grade, Young Adult, Dolphins, Supernatural, Ecology, Whales, Bermuda, Sea Story, Adventure
Nick Greenabout this book: I was once lucky enough to swim with a wild dolphin off the coast of England. The experience got me thinking about why humans and dolphins seem so fascinated by each other. And one day an idea popped into my head.
What if a boy went swimming with a dolphin as I had done, but got into trouble and started to drown? Well, I guess the dolphin might help him. But what if something went wrong? What if the drowning boy was so close to death that his spirit was on the way out? And suppose, just suppose, it ended up trapped in the body of the dolphin – while the dolphin's mind ends up in the boy's body.
So far, so Freaky Friday… but this body swap would be quite so simple as a mother and daughter switching dress sizes. What would it be like suddenly to live as a dolphin? Even more weirdly, what's it like for a sea creature to be stuck here as a two-legged land-lubber? It seemed almost impossible to imagine, but I spent the next year trying to do just that.
The Storm Bottle is the story of how Michael switches bodies with Rodrigo the dolphin, and how Michael's intrepid step-sister Bibi dreams up an ingenious plan to find him again. Because let's face it, how would you find one particular dolphin with the whole Atlantic ocean to choose from? How would you ever get a message to it? And how would you swap them back?
All these riddles and more will find their answers in The Storm Bottle, along with one of the most perplexing of all: just why is swimming with dolphins the number one thing to do before you die?
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