13-year-old Lori is about to embark on a change that will alter the course of her life completely. I am sure I'm not giving too much away if I point you in the direction of the gorgeous cover of this captivating book to see exactly what that change is.
"Herm's Secret" is the story of Lori, her family and her special bond with a young humpback whale called Caspian as they unravel the secret of Lori's missing mother and set out to find her. With its twists, turns and drama, the story is as thrilling as the best adventures in places, as moving as the finest romances in others and overall beautifully evocative of the sights and sounds of the sea. The characters are compelling from Lori herself, to her clever and compassionate aunt, her resourceful giant of an uncle, the disturbingly obsessed villain and his good guy teenage son to the wonderful almost-human Caspian.
What I enjoyed in particular is the depth of this book. Although a rattling good read in its own right, it also covers important universal themes for young readers - about family love and loyalty and about man's relationship with nature. This gives it an enduring quality which I am sure will stand the test of time.