A Song Below Water
by Bethany C. Morrow
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Pub Date 02 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 27 Jan 2022
Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Teen
Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.
In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.
Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.
Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.
"It's beautiful and it's brilliant.”--Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
“An enthralling tale of Black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles
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Average rating from 327 members
Step-siblings Effie and Tavia love and protect each other through the stresses of every day life. Siren Tavia hides her powers from the rest of the world, but can be herself with her sister. Effie wishes for a world of magic, one she finds in a carnival. While political turmoil makes life for sirens more difficult (including a frankly disturbing celebrity known as Lexie on a Leash), the girls learn to share their voices in a literal way.
This was a fascinating rewrite of some classic Greek/Roman mythology, and how it could translate into today's society, if sirens, mermaids, gargoyles, and gorgons really existed. The story is from the point of view of the two main characters, Tavia and Effie, who are sisters in all but blood. The interactions between the two girls as they slowly discover what and who they are are realistic and well-told, and are the focus of the book. I enjoyed seeing the girls' interactions as they interact and grow from girls into young women throughout the course of the novel.
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