We Are the Song
A lush and beautiful fantasy set in a world where music is magic and the fate of many thrones lies with one girl…
Twelve-year-old Elissa has been raised in seclusion as a devotee of the Mother Goddess. She is a special child, a blessed child, a child who can sing miracles into being. Her voice can heal wounds, halt landslides, cure hunger—and even end wars.
But there are those who would use her gift for darker things. And when Elissa finds herself the farthest from home she’s ever been—along with her vain and jealous music tutor, Lucio—she will have to develop the judgment to decide who wants to use her song to heal… and who wants to use her song to hurt.
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
"Elissa’s desire to follow her divinely inspired abilities and overcome the barriers to her musical ambitions echo women’s historical experiences in classical music. . . . And constellations of race, sexuality, and gender expression lend richness to an already unique world."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This fast-paced fantasy is full of action and intrigue, taking place in a war-torn world that still holds much beauty and magic. Readers will come to love Elissa, who struggles with doubts as she faces heartbreak, tragedy, and loneliness and tries to fight for what is right. An excellent addition to middle-grade fantasy collections."—Booklist
"Fantasy fans will queue up for this delightful novel with its strong female characters and carefully drawn fantasy world. . . . Fast paced action will keep readers totally engaged. This captivating novel promises a good future for this first-time author."—School Library Connection
"An exploration of devotion and finding one’s voice."—Kirkus Reviews
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Catherine Bakewell is a fantasy writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult books. She has lived in Spain and in France, where she romped through gardens, ate pastries, and worked on her novels.
She is represented by Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary and Media, Inc.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy