NEW YA NOVEL by Beverley Birch

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Ally from England visits Africa for the first time. Ahead are weeks with her two brothers exploring mangrove creeks, vast sandy beaches, coral reefs and warm seas. But on her first day, walking through a forest, she is swamped by a sense of an unseen presence – of a voice she can’t quite hear.

Then she meets Leli from the local fishing village, and everything changes. Enthusiastically he sweeps her into the world of his village and their offshore island (Kisiri –  the place of secrets) – sacred, protected, revered – and suddenly, inexplicably, under some kind of threat.

Leli and Ally’s friendship is instant and overwhelming, all the more intense because Leli too is experiencing strange things – dreams, infused with local legend, urgent, vivid, threatening.

And whose is that third voice, telling another story that winds round and through Ally and Leli’s tale –  a story of a boy trapped somewhere, dying?

What are Leli and Ally really hearing? A rising echo of the past? Or an urgent and insistent warning from the present?

‘rich and gripping’ THE SCOTSMAN 

‘stunning and sophisticated combination of romance and mystery sure to be devoured by teenagers and adults alike’  READING ZONE

‘a thrilling adventure with important things to say, superbly written’  JUST IMAGINE

‘Compelling, atmospheric and beautifully written’  WRD ABOUT BOOKS 

‘lyrical yet urgent’ YOUTH LIBRARIES GROUP

‘A magical layered story weaving past and present that stole my heart’  JASBINDER BILAN

‘A tender love story that turns eerie, fierce and political, with a strong message about community and resistance’ LIZ FLANAGAN

‘a fine book, vibrant and powerful, infused with a deep love for a land and its history’  CELIA REES

‘brilliant, lyrical and portrayed with a nuance that captures the beauty, history and contradictions of present day Africa’ ADAMMA OTI OKONKWO.

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published by Guppy Books
ISBN: 9781913101077

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