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Song of the Current
Contributor(s): Tolcser, Sarah
ISBN: 1681192977     ISBN-13: 9781681192970
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2017
Annotation: Fearing the river god will not whisper her name in time for her to follow in her family's tradition of working on the river, 17-year-old Caro volunteers in the wake of a pirate attack to transport mysterious cargo to free her imprisoned father only to encounter a web of political schemes that force her to choose between two destinies. A first novel.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Pirates; Fiction.
Boats and boating; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016036498
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 376 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 189223
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71247
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 22.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 9 Up—Caroline "Caro" Oresteia knows that like her wherryman father, she belongs to the river god. Yet at 17 she's still waiting for him to whisper to her. When her father is imprisoned for refusing to carry mysterious cargo, Caro elects to take over. She arranges to captain her first ship and get her father out of jail. After a pirate attack, Caro opens the cargo to find a boy escaping from his would-be murderers. As Caro and the boy slowly share secrets and admit their attraction to each other, they begin to realize that their fates may not be what they thought. Ultimately this story is one of self-discovery. Caro must balance what she thinks she wants with who she actually is. All the characters are fully developed and complex, including Caro's cousin Kenté, who joins the crew and demonstrates powers that would surprise her prominent family. The first in a series, this debut fantasy includes various mythical elements; a map is featured at the front of the book proclaiming, "Here be drakons," and a frogman is a member of the ship's small crew. While the narrative is often action-packed, the pacing does not feel rushed and gives readers time to learn about the characters and the world they inhabit. VERDICT This enticingly written tale will take readers on an adventure and leave them craving more. For fans of titles such as Heidi Heilig's The Girl from Everywhere or Susan Dennard's Truthwitch. Highly recommended for all YA collections.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL

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