The Turnaway Girls

Coming from Candlewick Press on 9 October 2018 and Walker Books on 3 January 2019

 
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Twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of Blightsend. Outside, the Masters—all boys and men—play music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently, silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it.

But Delphernia can’t make shimmer.

She would rather sing than stay silent. 

When a Master who doesn’t act like a Master comes to the skydoor, it’s a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky blinks with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, Delphernia is caught between the island’s silent Custodian and its ominous Childer-Queen. Outside, there is a poem-speaking prince and a girl who makes Delphernia think of freedom.

Delphernia doesn’t know how to be free in Blightsend.

Blightsend can’t be free without her.

Praise for THE TURNAWAY GIRLS:

“Lyrical, inventive, and utterly captivating, The Turnaway Girls is fresh yet familiar, a classic-feeling fairy tale that thrums with magic, music, and heart. The indomitable Delphernia will inspire young readers to trust in the power of their own unique voices, and debut author Hayley Chewins is a talent to watch. — Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness

“This book was just what I needed to read right now. In a time when it feels nebulous and unwieldy to be yourself, especially when the world doesn’t particularly understand or care about who that self is, this book was like a beacon in the darkness. And oh! The language! Hayley Chewins could teach a master class on how to use prose to world-build. The Turnaway Girls has the strangeness and prettiness of Laini Taylor’s worlds and prose along with the unforgettable characters and sense of justice that you find in Kelly Barnhill’s work.” — Lindsay Eagar, author of Hour of the Bees

“A startlingly ambitious and lyrical debut, set in a fantastical world where silence really is golden and speaking up can cost everything. Fiercely imaginative and beautifully wrought.” — Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, author of The Island at the End of Everything

The Turnaway Girls is a gorgeous fable about the way societies cage girls’ voices and the revolutionary things that happen when those voices break free. Stunning, timely, and necessary.” — Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy

Want to pre-order THE TURNAWAY GIRLS? You can do so from your local independent bookstore! Or go to:

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Book Depository

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