Book Author and Illustrator Linda Jane Keegan & Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Rights Available World excl. NZ

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 evocative illustrations by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White.

About the Author
Linda Jane Keegan is a writer and outdoor enthusiast with a background in ecology and environmental education. She is a volunteer marine mammal medic through Project Jonah who assisted at the real-life stranding this story is based on.

About the Illustrator
Isobel Joy Te Aho White
is an illustrator known for her work on BatKiwi (Scholastic 2021) and Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep (Te Papa Press, 2020). She is of Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungungu ke te Wairoa), British and Danish ancestry and whakapapas to matakite and healers.



David Bateman Ltd

32 pp

175 x 250 mm



Picture Book

Age range 5-8 years

Publication Date

October 2023

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Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

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