Book giveaway: The Sound of Whales

Sound of Whales

Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure, Hayley is fed up she's even there, while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn't said a word in years.

But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right.

The Sound of Whales is the first novel from 48-year-old Kerr Thomson, a geography teacher at Cathkin High School in Glasgow. It was the winner of the Times Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2014, and was published in April this year.

About the competition

The Times Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition is open to debut writers aged 18+ who can submit a full length novel (30-80,000 words, approx.) aimed at readers between seven and 18 years of age. 

The winner will receive a £10,000 advance and publication (subject to contract) and full editorial help from Chicken House. Mumsnet's Justine Roberts joins the judging panel for this year's competition.

Chicken House founder and MD Barry Cunningham previously worked at Bloomsbury, where he signed JK Rowling and her Harry Potter series. He says to win authors must deliver original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love! The 2015 winner, The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington, will be published in 2016.

As an exclusive offer to Mumsnet readers, Chicken House will waive the £15 admin fee usually charged for entries for one competition entry per person. Please quote Mumsnet2016 when submitting your entry to claim this offer.

Book giveaway

We're giving away 50 copies of The Sound of Whales, fill in the form below to apply for a free copy.

Don't forget, if you receive a free copy of this book, we kindly ask that you post a review in our book review section or post on the discussion thread

This giveaway closes 10am, Monday 13 July, so apply now.





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