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Song Beneath the Tides

Song Beneath the Tides

Beverley Birch
Guppy Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781913101077


Ally is on the holiday of a lifetime with her brothers in Africa. With her Aunt distracted by her workload as a doctor, Ally and her brothers can run free along the wild and stunning coastline. They quickly make friends with some local children and soon find themselves drawn in by the local folklore and customs and the modern world that clashes with them.



Ally, in particular, is drawn to local boy, Leli, and an intense bond develops between them. Fearing for the future of Kisiri, a local Island swathed in legend and revered by locals, Ally and Leli set out on a dangerous mission to protect the island and its heritage. However, Ally's status as a foreigner and outsider hinder her attempts to help and, as the locals become increasingly alarmed by a new tourist development, matters rush to a terrifying conclusion.



This is a story that's rich with history, folklore and mysticism. As a reader you are swept away by the evocative language and the brutal descriptions of threats to an established and sacred way of life. Ally and Leli's story alternates with a historical narrative of Portuguese invaders and the comparisons between the stories and links to local legends are cleverly entwined.



This is a stunning and sophisticated combination of romance and mystery and is sure to be devoured by teenagers and adults alike.



320 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian


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