A Song for Ella Grey

A Song for Ella Grey

Book - 2015
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Claire witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if Ella Grey has been captured and taken from her, but the loss of her best friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world in this modern take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Northern England.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780553533590
0553533592
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Almond David 10/2015
Characteristics: 268 pages ;,22 cm

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KateHillier Apr 14, 2016

This one was a weird one. I picked it up because I'm a sucker for retellings and the story of Orpheus and Eurydice has always been one that has stuck with me. The prose is lyrical and, considering the Northumberland setting, musical in its own way. The narration is not written in dialect but I can definitely hear Claire's northern accent as she tells the story.

Claire and Ella have been best friends since they were five. They do everything together, even though Ella's parents are quite overprotective, and hang out with a bunch of like minded artsy teens. One day this guy Orpheus shows up and everything changes for everyone.

It's a much better read in retrospect but as you're reading it you definitely don't know if you should be reading this as magical realism or straight up fantasy, which is neat in retrospect. Definitely worth a read if you're into Greek mythology.

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marthabwaters
Oct 30, 2015

This is a gorgeous little book, a modern-day retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It's beautifully written, and the entire book has a lyrical, otherwordly feel that fits well with the source material. This book isn't for everyone, but fans of more literary teen fiction and lovely, lovely language will find a lot to love in this one.

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