The Song that Sings Us
Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medals for Writing and Illustration 2023
When animals talk, it’s time humans listened: Harlon has been raised to protect her younger siblings, twins Ash and Xeno, and their outlawed power of communicating with animals. But when the sinister Automators attack their mountain home they must flee for their lives. Xeno is kidnapped and Harlon and Ash are separated.
In a thrilling and dangerous adventure they must all journey alone through the ice fields, forests and oceans of Rumyc to try to rescue each other and fulfil a mysterious promise about a lost island made to their mother.
A stunning environmental epic with cover and chapter illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Jackie Morris.
2 in stock
Praise for the book
LONGLISTED FOR THE UKLA BOOK AWARDS 2023
‘Storytelling on the most poetic scale – strange, bloody, grand and unforgettable.’ The Guardian
‘A magnificent adventure story.’ The Scotsman
‘Career-crowning … globe-spanning tale of high stakes and cross-species comradeship.’ Observer
‘A helter-skelter ride … a YA eco-thriller on steroids and then some.’ Jon Gower, Nation Cymru
‘It balances the line between grief and wonder, hope and fear. I was chilled, heartbroken and felt reflected in it too, but the story, it is glorious and visionary with epic adventures and beautiful characters! I loved it so much.’ – Dara McAnulty
‘From one of the great storytellers of our time, a gripping adventure that will set your heart racing and stir your soul. Utterly unputdownable, packed with unforgettable animal characters (humans included) and carrying a powerful message of the interconnectedness of everything. Vivid and original, this is a story for now. Listen to the song and it might just awake the wild in you.’ – Helen Scales
‘Beautiful. Heart-wrenching, gripping, strange and glorious. Jam-packed with brilliant characters and big ideas. Loved it! I am also now in love with a sea-faring tiger captain…’ – Liz Hyder
‘Wild, powerful and passionate, The Song that Sings Us is an extraordinary weaving of fierce action and tender poetry, a heart-wrenching yet hopeful symphony of the threads that connect all life on Earth.’ – Sophie Anderson
‘A very special book. Inspiring, important and innovative – full of action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Nicola Davies is a magnificent writer and this is a tour-de-force. It’s for fans of Mortal Engines as much as it is for those who love Watership Down’. – Simon Fisher
‘How to classify this great book? Ecofiction, thriller, fantasy, parable? Page turner from the outset: tense, uncompromising and hopeful. Nicola Davies’ knowledge, understanding and passion for the natural world and all that we are in danger of destroying, imbues every page.’ – Eva John