The Song From Somewhere Else
And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.
But there's m ...more
That's not a quote from the book - that is a friend I lost because I was too afraid of being best friends with the "smelly, large kid"
So this book hit me hard. Review to come.
Uh, wow. This book is utterly beautiful and wonderful. Both the prose and the object itself.
The story: bullied girl one day gets rescued by the weird, despised kid. She goes back to his house where she hears haunting, enchanting music, so she goes back the next day. Things get weirder over the next couple of days - and worse, and better. Th ...more
A beautifully written, captivating story about a main character who discovers new, mysterious worlds outside of herself and new worlds inside of herself as she learns to love and value someone different and listen to her gut.
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Disclaimer: A physical copy of the book was provided via Bloomsbury India as part of the Bloomsbury Award Winning Readathon. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.
Actual Rating 4.75 Stars
This was my first book for the amazing month long readathon hosted by Bloomsbury India for its Award Winning books starting from October 15th to November 15th.
The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold and I ...more
This is definitely one of the better books on this list. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was my favourite, but it was different from what I thought it would be, and I did enjoy reading it. The illustrations really made the book that much more magical - they are so gorgeous, all in black and white and haunting. They suit the tone and atmosphere of the book perfectly.
This book follows the story of Frank. So, I will make the embarrassing confession that I tho ...more
The Song From Somewhere Else portrays bullying in a way that I think would bring a lot of understanding to readers. If you’ve been (or are being) bullied that Frank will be someone who you sympathise with, I saw so much of my school years reflected in her that it was quite eerie, but also really good because I think if you’ve been there you’d find sympathy in this story. For those readers who aren’t in Frank’s shoes or kn ...more
Read it then let’s talk.
But, can I just say Pinfold’s illustrations are truly outstanding. They add to the book in the most delicate, subtle way. ...more
I don't remember why I wanted to read this but I'm really glad I did. I was not expecting the twist at all when I started this book but I really should have. It's so obvious from the title of the book. It give a huge clue that the story is more than what it seems. But I guess that's hindsight for you.
I enjoyed the twist to The Song from Somewhere Else, especially because I wasn't expecting it. I also r ...more
This book is beautiful to look at, and wonderful to read.
Highly recommended to readers from upper primary +.
It wasn't what I had imagined it would be going into it, from the synopsis. I had no clue that it would turn weird and magical with all this supernatural element to it. I thought it would be a regular coming-of-age story about a girl, who is being bullied and finds a friend, confidant and protector in Nick, the last person she'd have ...more
Harrold manages to combine the sinister and eerie with hope and beauty in a way that can really only be understood if you read the book. It’s very similar to The Imaginary in ...more
In terms of the narrative, I won't give too much away. But be prepared for a twist at every page, A.F Harrold has a really developed sense of narrative and plot which make ...more
A tentative friendship is struck, and Frank learns things are sometimes stranger than you could imagine.
Frank finds a world of trolls and other strange creatures, some of whom cause more pain than others. Through it all she has to decide how she feels about her ne ...more
If it hadn’t been for the disappearance of Quintilius Minimus, her cat, Francesca’s (Frank’s) unlikely friendship with Nick Underbridge, the unusually tall, awkward, different, smelly boy from school, would probably have never happened. And if the other boys from her school weren't taunting and bullying her while she was at the playground posting posters about her lost cat, she would have probably never seen how incredibly kind and trustworthy Nick is. On a visit to Nick's house, she is addictiv...more