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A Song for Ella Grey
A Song for Ella Grey | David Almond
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Written in lyrical prose, this novel for fans of epic romances and mythology retellings explores themes of love, loss, fate, and destiny set against the dramatic and diverse backdrop of Northern England. David Almond, recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Printz Honor for Skellig, and the Printz Award for Kits Wilderness, has crafted an enchanting modern take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach, and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught the hardest, fastest, deepestand Claire is left with the pain of looking on. Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. It takes place in the ordinary streets of Tyneside and on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. Its a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces. A love that leads Ella, Orpheus, and Claire to the gates of Death and beyond. "Almond's lyrical narrative will sweep readers on a journey to unearthly, mysterious realms and back."Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Innovative and dreamlike . . . and told in Almond's lyrical, distinctive prose. Teen readers of a literary bent and mythology enthusiasts will love this latest work."School Library Journal, Starred Review "Almond brings his hypnotic lyricism to this darkly romantic tale that sings of the madness of youth, the ache of love, and the near-impossibility of grasping death."Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.
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GatheringBooks
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#Septembowie Day 19: Because this is a modern-day retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice lovestory with an urban twist - it is perfect for #ModernLove. Deliciously strange and with a pain that is visceral you will ache after reading it. - Here is a fragment of my review found at GatheringBooks.org

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Guiltyascyn
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?????? I just? What is being said here???

lilredhen I could only assume the author was trying to recreate a specific accent in text. That was the only thing I could come up with when reading this. Good read overall, though. 3y
Guiltyascyn @lilredhen Yeah, I figured "bliddly" was probably bloody, tek" being take and what not, but everything was way over my head. 3y
lilredhen It took me a while to adjust to the dialogue because the syntax is so weird. I'm a midwesterner, though, and use "y'all" in context, so I might not be an unbiased commenter on using regional slang in writing lol 3y
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Guiltyascyn
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...what kind of British slang is this?

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strikingthirteen
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Very odd book but I'm a sucker for a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice. Really fitting style no matter how odd it was.