First of all, I would like to make an inference of what will happen in the next chapter. I have a couple of ideas.
- The girl from the story that Sarah's dad told her will be "the voice" and she will persuade Sarah to go to the island to find her brother
- Somebody has got to be a whale – the brother? The sister? Sarah? I mean, it's called Whale Story after all...
- The girl/the voice will become besties in Bamfield
At first I thought of the protagonists as a young, immature, and hard-to-relate-to character. Sure, she is quite a few years younger than me, but I found myself growing attached to her – even within the two chapters that I read. That is called accomplishment on the author's part.
It is kind of hard to tell exactly what the author was trying to get at – as far as theme goes – since it was only a few pages long. But nonetheless, here's what I gathered. I think that the theme was the ocean and experiencing new things. I think this because Sarah is experiencing a whole bunch of new things (new house, new "information"). I also think that the author was trying to tell the readers that change is OK, and that is just a reality that you have to deal with.
As I said, I read this on the coast. It was really cool to read it with that perspective. I could actually relate to the setting because I had experienced the same things myself (or at least, understood). The carsickness that Sarah's mom, Dani, got on the logging road, and the dust that exploded from beneath the tired. I also saw the ocean on the way, and I was amazed by it just like Sarah was.