During our trip to Bamfield we were introduced to the first two chapters of Whale Story by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. I thought it was a great start to a novel. By the end of the second chapter, I wanted to read more.
The characterization in the beginning of the book was good. We know where Sarah came from, her age, part of her ethnicity and a little background of her parents. I really liked this because knowing about the character makes her reactions more understandable.
A theme cannot be certain at this point in a novel, but I can make an assumption. I thought the theme might end up being along the lines of accepting change. I say this because Sarah has just moved to a different country, has to make new friends, has a new house and soon will be going on an adventure (I think).
Considering that I read it near the location in which the novel took place, it was easy to connect to the setting. That was a really cool addition to my overall experience.