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Hayley Chewins
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The Turnaway Girls

Hayley Chewins


9781406379839

Walker Books


Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


Paperback

272 pages

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On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it. But Delphernia can't make shimmer. She would rather sing than stay silent. When a Master who doesn't act like a Master comes to the skydoor, it's a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky watches with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, secrets fall silent in halls without sound. And outside, Delphernia is caught -between the island's sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And in a debut that glimmers with hope and beauty, freedom - to sing, to change, to live - is precisely what's at stake.

By:   Hayley Chewins
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   192g
ISBN:   9781406379839
ISBN 10:   1406379832
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 10 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hayley Chewins grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house full of books. A published poet, she studied classical voice before switching to a degree in English literature. The Turnaway Girls is her first novel. Hayley Chewins lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Lyrical, inventive, and utterly captivating, The Turnaway Girls is fresh yet familiar, a classic-feeling fairy tale that thrums with magic, music, and heart. The indomitable Delphernia will inspire young readers to trust in the power of their own unique voices, and debut author Hayley Chewins is a talent to watch. * Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness * This book was just what I needed to read right now. In a time when it feels nebulous and unwieldy to be yourself, especially when the world doesn't particularly understand or care about who that self is, this book was like a beacon in the darkness. And oh! The language! Hayley Chewins could teach a master class on how to use prose to world-build. The Turnaway Girls has the strangeness and prettiness of Laini Taylor's worlds and prose along with the unforgettable characters and sense of justice that you find in Kelly Barnhill's work. * Lindsay Eagar, author of Hour of the Bees * A startlingly ambitious and lyrical debut, set in a fantastical world where silence really is golden and speaking up can cost everything. Fiercely imaginative and beautifully wrought. * Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, author of The Island at the End of Everything * The Turnaway Girls is a gorgeous fable about the way societies cage girls' voices and the revolutionary things that happen when those voices break free. Stunning, timely, and necessary. * Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy *

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