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We Are the Song

Catherine Bakewell



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Holiday House Inc
22 August 2023
"A lush and beautiful fantasy set in a world where music is magic and the fate of many thrones lies with one girl...

Twelve-year-old Elissa has been raised in seclusion as a devotee of the Mother Goddess. She is a special child, a blessed child, a child who can sing miracles into being. Her voice can heal wounds, halt landslides, cure hunger-and even end wars.

But there are those who would use her gift for darker things. And when Elissa finds herself the farthest from home she's ever been-along with her vain and jealous music tutor, Lucio-she will have to develop the judgment to decide who wants to use her song to heal... and who wants to use her song to hurt.

""Unique.""-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ""Excellent.""-Booklist ""Captivating.""-School Library Connection

""Enthralling.""-YA Books Central

""Alluring.""-School Library Journal"

Imprint:   Holiday House Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780823453375
ISBN 10:   0823453375
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine Bakewell is a writer, artist, freelance editor, and an opera enthusiast. We are the Song is her debut.

Reviews for We Are the Song

Bakewell's beguiling debut-brimming with high-stakes adventure, expansive worldbuilding, and a uniquely detailed magical system-steadily crescendos to a gratifying conclusion. -Publishers Weekly Elissa's desire to follow her divinely inspired abilities and overcome the barriers to her musical ambitions echo women's historical experiences in classical music. . . . And constellations of race, sexuality, and gender expression lend richness to an already unique world. -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books This fast-paced fantasy is full of action and intrigue, taking place in a war-torn world that still holds much beauty and magic. Readers will come to love Elissa, who struggles with doubts as she faces heartbreak, tragedy, and loneliness and tries to fight for what is right. An excellent addition to middle-grade fantasy collections. -Booklist Bakewell crafts a spellbinding narrative. . . . -The Horn Book An alluring f antasy exploring the influence of music, the importance of listening to one's own voice, and knowing who your friends are. -School Library Journal Fantasy fans will queue up for this delightful novel with its strong female characters and carefully drawn fantasy world. . . . Fast packed action will keep readers totally engaged. This captivating novel promises a good future for this first-time author. -School Library Connection An exploration of devotion and finding one's voice. -Kirkus Reviews

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