BLOG TOUR: Review and Giveaway A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond

Award-winning author David Almond (Kit’s Wilderness, Skellig) gives young readers a new twist on an epic Greek tragedy with the publication of A SONG FOR ELLA GREY (Delacorte Press / on sale October 13, 2015 / $16.99). The romance of star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Ella leads them to the gates of Death and beyond.

               Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught hardest, fastest, deepest—and Claire, whose own heart is breaking, must watch, helpless, as her best friend falls head over heels with this virtual stranger.

               Raw, emotional, lyrical, and funny, A SONG FOR ELLA GREY is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. Set on the ordinary streets of Tyneside and the beautiful beaches of Northumberland, this is a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces, and a devastating loss in which fate seems to play a role.

               Almond says that A SONG FOR ELLA GREY is “a tale that says much about human love and yearning, about the purpose and beauty of poetry, music and song. It tells of our longing to transcend death, to bring our lost loved ones back to us. And it’s a tale of young people, of first passion, first love.”

               Enter the world of Ella Grey—and don’t look back.

“Almond’s lyrical narrative will sweep readers on a journey to unearthly, mysterious realms and back.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

“An innovative and dreamlike retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in modern-day Tyneside and Northumberland and told in Almond’s lyrical, distinctive prose.” —School Library Journal, Starred

“[A] rhapsodic modern retelling of a classic tragedy.” —Booklist

“Almond brings his hypnotic lyricism to this darkly romantic tale that sings of the madness of youth, the ache of love, and the near-impossibility of grasping death.” —Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts:

A Song for Ella Grey is the perfect read for fans of stories that will transport them into a world that is dark and hypnotic. Rich in mystery and almost dreamlike in it's interpretation. A must read. 

As I began reading A Song for Ella Grey I was immediately taken in. I could not seem to pulled away as I was transported into this vibrant world that David Almond had created. 

DAVID ALMOND grew up in a large family in northeastern England and says, “The place and the people have given me many of my stories.” His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book and appeared on many Best Book of the Year lists. He wrote My Name Is Mina, the prequel to Skellig. His novel Kit’s Wilderness won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. David Almond is a recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in England. Visit him online at and on Facebook and follow @davidjalmond on Twitter.

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  1. Thanks for this captivating and intriguing giveaway. What an emotional and unique novel. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. Mythology has always been one of my favorite types of reads. I love how some authors have been reworking the stories with a modern feel. Deep End of the Sea was the first one I read like this. Hoping this one will be just as good if not better.

  3. The themes in this book are timeless. I loved the Greek myths as a child, and now my daughter shows a similar interest. I'm also interested in the northern English setting, being half northern English myself.

  4. I've never read anything by David Almond before and this book sounds really different. I think my wife and I would both enjoy it a lot. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


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