If a book were a song #2 ‘Dragonfly Song’ by Wendy Orr

If a book were a song #2 ‘Dragonfly Song’ by Wendy Orr

If a Book Were a Song #2

DRAGONFLY SONG by Wendy Orr (Allen & Unwin 2016)

Luckless Aissa grows up in ancient Crete facing a constant barrage of difficulty. Outcast and mute, her expressions and emotions come out in surprising ways – often with startling consequences. As she discovers more about her special gifts, Aissa also discovers that stakes in life increase with every piece of success.

A sublime wordsmith, Orr tells Aissa’s story by effortlessly drifting between prose and free-verse poetry. As a result, Dragonfly Song has a timeless feel, which is fitting, given the ancient setting.

The story is patiently told, and deserves to be read with this in mind. That said, the bull dancing action sequences in the climax are well worth the wait. Here, Orr has the reader so desperately rooting for Aissa, the suspense carries extra punch.

A complex tale of discovery and finding oneself, Wendy Orr has delivered a masterpiece. Dragonfly Song is a worthy contender for the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers. It was my personal pick for 2016.


Beautiful. Timeless. Emotional. Human, yet ethereal.

‘Se Lest’ by Sigur Ros

  • Wendy Orr
    Posted at 15:32h, 20 June Reply

    Oh, this is so nice, I’m just basking! And did you know that all the verse segments were written to a Sigur Ros playlist? The first time I’ve ever had any music on while I worked.

    • tim
      Posted at 19:35h, 20 June Reply

      That’s just amazing! I feel rather proud of this song selection with that being the case. Looking forward to your next book in time.

  • Wendy Orr
    Posted at 10:43h, 22 June Reply

    ‘in time’ could be a pun!

  • Vanessa rendall
    Posted at 11:24h, 23 June Reply

    I loved this book and I love this song. And I can’t wait to read more posts linking books and songs-two of my favourite things!

    • tim
      Posted at 11:42h, 23 June Reply

      So pleased you like both book and song. They go well together, don’t they! Thanks for stopping by and having a read, Vanessa. 🙂

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