The Turnaway Girls

The Turnaway Girls

Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters ? and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea. On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters ? and girls with...

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Title:The Turnaway Girls
Author:Hayley Chewins
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Turnaway Girls Reviews

  • Amelinda Bérubé
    Mar 24, 2018
    This book's lilting, musical, magical prose will pull you right into Delphernia's world until you can practically taste the sea air and feel the stone walls closing in. A beautiful reminder to any reader that they can use their voice to change the world. ...
  • Rosemary
    Oct 11, 2018
    Raised in a shelter cloister with other young women, Delphernia Undersea is a 12-year-old Turnaway Girl: girls raised to be silent, invisible; to weave male Masters' music into gold they call "shimmmer". Delphina is well aware of her place in society - Mother Nine beats it into her reg...
  • Elliott
    Aug 08, 2018
    As a child, I devoured fairy tales. The worlds were magical, but they also showed me the reality that there was both good and bad, lightness and darkness in the world. Fairy tales did not sugar coat the violence nor the importance of our choices. The older I got, the more I continued t...
  • Gregandemy
    Sep 09, 2018
    Thank you to the publisher and author for giving me a digital copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I had a hard time with this book. I seemed to be missing something and felt several times during the book that I had missed a couple of pages somehow. I k...
  • Danielle
    Oct 25, 2018
    Turnaway Girls follows the point of view of Delphernia who has been hidden away and told her only purpose is to serve others by turning their music into gold. The problem is, Delphernia has music inside her too which muddles her place in a rigid society. She tries to hide her secret, b...
  • Rena
    Aug 27, 2018
    What a stunning book. The language is poetic, thoughtful, sparse, but so carefully crafted and emotive. Reading the entire book felt like being in the best kind of dream - where anything could happen, and you never want it to end. I would read anything by this author. What a command of...
  • Christina Collins
    Mar 15, 2018
    Musical, breathtaking prose...an empowering, feminist message...I loved every word! ...
  • Joanna Meyer
    Mar 12, 2018
    This lovely book is filled with music, music, music. It brims with it. It sings. I could get lost in the rhythm of the prose and live there forever. Simply gorgeous. ? ...
  • Alyssa Nelson
    Aug 17, 2018
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* What an absolutely magical, heartfelt, wonderful story. I can?t begin to describe how wonderful this book is. Even as an adult, this story is so much and if I?d read it f...
  • Rachel Solomon
    Apr 22, 2018
    Stunning. ...
  • Kathie
    Jun 08, 2018
    Some books, like a fine wine, need to be savoured. This fantasy middle grade debut coming out in October is one of those books. Reading THE TURNAWAY GIRLS transports you to a place you?ve never been, full of rich language and images that feel so unlike your own world. It?s deep, da...
  • USOM
    Oct 09, 2018
    More like a 3.5 I almost broke down reading some parts of The Turnaway Girls. Seriously. I don't want to ruin this book, and all the tragic and emotional surprises in store. But there was something about it that spoke to me. The way this was so clearly almost dystopic and the way t...
  • Erin
    Sep 16, 2018
    A gorgeous cover The Turnaway Girls is a beautiful middle grade book that leads with the message of being your true self. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review ...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Sep 10, 2018
    I wasn't sure what to think of this book, but once I got halfway through, I really started liking it a lot. Delphernia is a turnaway girl. She is being raised with the other turnaway girls by Mother Nine. Mother Nine is extremely abusive (trigger warning). The turnaway gir...
  • K.A.
    Mar 23, 2018
    It is a rare thing indeed to find an author with as much command of language as Hayley Chewins. I was so floored reading this that I gasped out loud and hugged the book--I RARELY EVER HUG THE BOOK. But the imagination, the language, the poetry of the words and story, it all came togeth...
  • Tahlia
    Oct 05, 2018
    Blog Post: https://museofnyxmares.wordpress.com/... 2.5/5 Stars *I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. Oh dear, I nearly didn?t finish this, but I really try not to do that, even with books I?ve brought myself. But I ...
  • Melanie Sumrow
    Mar 09, 2018
    This is one of the most lyrical middle grade novels I?ve ever read?each word has been chosen with purpose and the result is astonishing! I love how Delphernia stands up against the expectations of her in a very rigid society that has already decided her place. She is strong, but no...
  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    Sep 27, 2018
    4.5 stars! My Video Review ...
  • Meg
    Oct 29, 2018
    The kingdom of Blightsend only allows music to be played, not sung. This music is then captured by girls and kneaded into gold. Delphernia lacks this ability and considers herself worthless because of this "deficiency". However, she has a more precious gift--the gift of song. Lyrical a...
  • Kendra
    Jul 30, 2017
    This book sounds amazing -- I can't wait! ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Nov 04, 2018
    A debut that sings! Chewins introduces both an inventive idea (girls who weave gold from music) and a lyricism rarely found in middle-grade literature (best described as literary fantasy). The advanced diction and complexity of the story make it suitable for upper middle-grade readers ...
  • Bridgett Brown
    Nov 04, 2018
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. In this book world Girls who turn away from their reflections as infants are trained as ?turnaway girls,? growing up separate from the outside world to learn how to turn music into gold. Boys with a talent for music become music-makers and ...
  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud
    Aug 30, 2018
    I'm so excited to read this book! But for now, I'm hype to share the interview I did with Hayley Chewins where she talks about how everyone who has been bullied can relate to Delphernia Undersea?s character. Read more here: https://taleoutloud.wordpress.com/201... ...
  • Faith Rivens
    Nov 13, 2018
    This MG novel flows with a rich music rooted deeply in its main character, Delphernia Undersea. She is one of the Turnaway Girls expected to make gold from music but she has never been able to. Instead she must hide her voice and her ability to make life with it or risk being thrown in...
  • R.M. Romero
    Mar 31, 2018
    A shining, feminist book as lyrical as the songs the heroine hides away inside of her. ...
  • Diane Magras
    Aug 06, 2018
    This is a powerful fable about girls who are forced to use their voices to produce gold for their rulers' wealth, as well as a girl whose voice can create more than gold: She breathes souls into stone. Never direct but beautifully subtle, this story weaves a dramatic plot of escape and...
  • Katie Clark
    Aug 03, 2017
    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book and can't express how special it is. Hayley Chewins writes with an elegance and complete surrender to fantasy that I go looking for in books by Laini Taylor and Kiran Milwood Hargrave. There is something extremely beautiful about w...
  • Kester Grant
    Feb 24, 2018
    I devoured Turnaway Girls in one sitting, Chewins paints a lyrical magical world in the style of Laini Taylor, this is a completely original fairy tale by a stunning new talent. ...
  • Julissa
    Oct 13, 2018
    This book is one of my favorite reads this month. I loved how whimsical it was, it drew me in completely. It's a rich magical tale of a courageous young girl who doesn't accept her circumstances. Delphernia, is such a brave character who pushes the boundaries of her world by questionin...
  • Sophie Cameron
    Apr 07, 2018
    Set in a world where masters play music and girls spin it into gold, this is a brilliantly original story: lyrical and mystical and so beautifully written, with a strong protagonist and an empowering message. Hayley Chewins is a phenomenal writer, and this is definitely one to watch. ...