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The Turnaway Girls

Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea.On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, th...

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The Turnaway Girls Reviews

  • Matthew

    “I’m a turnaway girl and so I know: music belongs to the Masters.”

    Delphernia lives in the Cloister where Mother Nine tries to get her to make shimmer, turn music into gold, like the other Turnaway girls. One day Delphernia is given the opportunity to leave the Cloister for the outside world but it’s not everything she was expecting.

    I really enjoyed this book, it’s a dark and feminist fairy tale that grips you from the beginning. The writing was beautiful, lyrical and poetic much like Tahereh Maf

  • Whispering Stories

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    Twelve-year-old Delphernia is a turnaway girl. She lives on Blightsend, a strange little island that seems to be ruled by the sea and lives inside in the cloisters. The job of the turnaway girls is to make gold by turning music into shimmer. They are not allowed to sing or the sea will take them. Deplhernia maybe a turnaway girl but she can’t make shimmer, she also has too many thoughts which annoy her teacher – Mother Nine. Plus, she really wa

  • R.M. Romero

    A shining, feminist book as lyrical as the songs the heroine hides away inside of her.

  • Tahlia

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    2.5/5 Stars

    *I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Oh dear, I nearly didn’t finish this, but I really try not to do that, even with books I’ve brought myself. But I really just felt like I didn’t have it in me to finish this book, for the life of me, I just couldn’t get into it. The very first paragraph had me so excited as I could tell that the author was someone who searches for the most be

  • Sophie Cameron

    Set in a world where masters play music and girls spin it into gold, this is a brilliantly original story: lyrical and mystical and so beautifully written, with a strong protagonist and an empowering message. Hayley Chewins is a phenomenal writer, and this is definitely one to watch.

  • Alex (PaperbackPiano)

    This delightfully feminist middle grade book was a great start to 2019. The prose is really quite lovely and the author uses metaphors masterfully to create vivid descriptions. The repetition of various motifs lend this book a quiet strength that I found really quite moving at times.

    This book does require a large degree of suspension of disbelief at first but once you get into the flow of things, it becomes easier. The musical subject matter is a joy (is anyone really surprised that I loved it?

  • Diane Magras

    This is a powerful fable about girls who are forced to use their voices to produce gold for their rulers' wealth, as well as a girl whose voice can create more than gold: She breathes souls into stone. Never direct but beautifully subtle, this story weaves a dramatic plot of escape and survival with a sensitive, mysterious protagonist fighting against what she's always been told against the background of legends: Most of a sea hungry for those who sing.

  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)

    4.5 stars! My Video Review