Gr 5-9 What had the potential for be ing an exciting adventure story is in stead a trite and tiresome diatribe. Fif teen-year-old Menno Blunders goes to the Arctic with his older brother Adri an, an archaeologist in search of re mains of 17th-Century whalers. There he discovers a rare whale. The brothers are beset by bad weather; the engine of their small boat is destroyed; and they are stranded. When they make radio contact with a Greenpeace crew in the area, an evil whale hunter overhears that they have discovered a whale. There's a race to see who will get to the brothers and the whale first. Plagued by monotonous writing and wooden dia logue, the book is so didactic that any one interested in the subject is bound to be turned off. Readers never escape the interjection of the narrator's voice; di versions and instruction interrupt the flow of story at almost every point from the history of the early whalers, Greenpeace, and scurvy to the fate of the Titantic . When Adrian finally makes radio contact with the Green peace flagship, Dekkers inserts, be tween the initial contact and the ship's response, a lengthy description of the ship and its history; a description of the captain and his dress (including the bor der on his hat); and a description of the entire crew. There's too much trivia and message-laden writing and far too little Arctic Adventure here. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''