A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water

Book - 2020 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York :, TOR Teen,, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250315328
Branch Call Number: Y MOR
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm


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FPL_StephanieP Feb 13, 2021

This is a stunning tale of Black sisterhood set in a world full of mythos and magic. Narrated by teen play sisters Tavia and Effie, this story brilliantly uses fantasy to address real-world issues of sexism and racism.

LoganLib_Dekotah Jan 08, 2021

A Song Below Water was an interesting read that took me by suprise and was a lot more than I expected. I loved the mythos in this book, I loved the friendship and love for each other the Effie and Tavia have and I loved how the story was able to still showcase the ways in which African Americans are treated in some parts of society. It brought light to current injustices while still weaving a modern fairytale-esque story perfect for teens and young adults. The story kept me on my toes, you could never have guessed the full story if you tried. It was refreshing and didnt feel like it was following any modern tropes you would expect in youmg adult novels.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 21, 2020

Fantasy set in Portland!!! The world is full of magic in this book, but only African American girls and women are sirens. The way the magic of sirens works allows the author to make some interesting and important points about intersectionality. I loved that the most important relationship in this book wasn't a romantic one, but was the relationship between the two sisters who are the main characters. The lack of diversity in Oregon is addressed head on. I'll definitely be checking out the sequel, which is coming next year.

CMLibrary_lvallejo Jul 22, 2020

This book couldn't be more timely. It's beautiful story about the power of sisterhood in the mist of the black lives matter movement. With the added bonus of mermaids, black girl magic and empowerment. Tavia and Effie are each fighting their own struggles within their families as well as having to deal with being a black woman in modern society. And must hide the secret that one of them is the pariah of the magical community(sirens). Together they must navigate high school as well as uncover the secret to why people are turning into statues.

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