The Song that Sings Us

The Song that Sings Us

By Author / Illustrator

Nicola Davies



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Firefly Press Ltd




Paperback / softback




When animals talk, it's time humans listened: Harlon has been raised to protect her younger siblings, twins Ash and Xeno, and their outlawed power of communicating with animals. But when the sinister Automators attack their mountain home they must flee for their lives. Xeno is kidnapped and Harlon and Ash are separated. In a thrilling and dangerous adventure they must each journey alone through the ice fields, forests and oceans of Rumyc to try to rescue each other and fulfil a mysterious promise about a lost island made to their mother.A stunning environmental epic with cover and chapter illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Jackie Morris.



Harlon and her twin siblings live a simple life with their mother on the mountain until the day the Automator forces find them. Trained by her mother and tasked to lead Ash and Xeno safely to the island in the deepest part of the ocean, Harlon suddenly finds herself alone and without a clear plan. Will she be able to follow her mother's wishes, and how will she save both her siblings and the wonder of nature that the Automators are trying to destroy?

Wow, what an extraordinary book. Chock full of wondrous, lyrical moments with nature, in all forms, The Song that Sings Us is also emotional, heart breaking and representative of our planet and the dark results of capitalism, greed and power. A book that should be read by young and old alike, and certainly a book for our times.

The author has managed to couple a fast paced, thrilling and edge-of-the-seat read with the magic and wonder of nature and its potential for connection, wellbeing and love. A book to be read and re-read to really savour the multitude of captivating characters and moments with nature, along with understanding the clever connections and unfolding of the narrative.

Writing from different character perspectives also allows the reader to envelop themselves in the thoughts, and at times lunacy, that prevails. The beautiful chapter illustrations by Jackie Morris add to wonder of this book. Strongly recommended.

416 pages / Reviewed by Lorraine Ansell, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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