A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow


Legacies meets Nic Stone’s Dear Martin in Morrow’s YA fantasy debut: best friends discover their magical identities against today’s challenges facing young black girls.

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What Our Bookseller Says:

“Did I expect one of the best YA social justice books I’ve ever read to include sirens and mermaids? Nope. But I’m not upset in the least. Morrow uses the idea of sirens to reframe the issues of silencing and racial and gender equality into something that’s easier to grapple with and understand while grounding it in a very human way. Tavia and Effie are both well-written characters who you can’t help but sympathize with. Be ready to feel that fiery rage at the injustices in their society and ours and sink into the Black girl magic that infuses this book with its beauty and wonder.”

– Christine

What the Publisher Says:

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore— soon Portland won’t be either.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
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