20 Jun 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.
IF THIS BOOK WERE A SONG…
Beautiful. Timeless. Emotional. Human, yet ethereal.
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