The Turnaway Girls
author: Hayley Chewins
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, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it. But Delphernia canít make shimmer. She would rather sing than stay silent. When a Master who doesnít act like a Master comes to the skydoor, itís a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky watches with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, secrets fall silent in halls without sound. And outside, Delphernia is caught ó between the islandís sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And in a debut that glimmers with hope and beauty, freedom ó to sing, to change, to live ó is precisely whatís at stake.
Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters ó and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea.