A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
In their junior year of high school, Tavia and Effie are best friends. Tavia is a siren and must hide her powers from those who seek to harm her. Effie is haunted by a childhood tragedy. A mystery surrounds Effie, and she comes to suspect she, too, has magical powers, but isn’t sure what those are.
Very timely social commentary and all around good read.
If I had a teenager I would have them read this and talk about BLM, the history of the movement, politics, family relationships, societal issues.
The homeschooler in me wants to write a lesson plan.
I was captured by the first part of the book. Around halfway it started dragging a little bit for me, but picked up shortly thereafter and I couldn’t put it down until I finished.
I like characters I can relate to, and Bethany C. Morrow did a wonderful job creating the characters in this book. Effie has my heart, though.
Loved the friendship between Tavia and Effie. So nice to see supportive female relationships. Effie has come to stay with Tavia because of complicated family dynamics (ooh boy, talk about complicated—yes, there is some magic involved here) and the girls call each other sister.
Mostly serious and thought provoking, with a few moments of humor, which is exactly how I like my novels.
Nice wrap up.