A Song For Ella Grey – David Almond

As the #YAbookprize gets underway bloggers across the country will be blogging about their favourite title(s) on the shortlist. So for the next 9 weeks I’ll be blogging about the titles and telling you why I think they should win!

First up is A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond.

“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and how they died.”

“Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final. ”

Almond has such a distinctive style to his writing that you, the reader can not help but be pulled into the worlds he creates.

Ella Grey, a retelling of the myth Orpheus & Eurydice, is probably Almonds best to date. ( Although I will always have a soft spot for Mina)

The writing is poetic, and lyrical and spellbindingly romantic and brings to life those intensely heartfelt feelings of first love.

For me, this was not only the tragic love story of Ella & Orpheus, but also a story about Claire’s love for Ella, and David Almond’s love for the North East, his depictions of the Northern landscapes are just stunning. And of course I was overjoyed that Seven Stories was mentioned too!

Alluring, beautifully written and completely captivating.

It’s no surprise this book was shortlisted for the #YAbookprize.

Stay tuned for reviews of the other shortlisted titles.


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