Published by Scholastic Press on May 27, 2016
Genres: Contemporary YA, Young Adult
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Fifteen-year-old Sula has always known she is different. Even though her parents have shown her nothing but love and acceptance, she sees her dark skin as a reminder of how she doesn’t fit in with the rest of her family.
What’s worse is she also feels that her parents are hiding something from her. After getting expelled from school, Sula reluctantly goes to stay with her mother’s friends. There she unexpectedly finds herself on a journey of self-discovery — a journey that keeps drawing her to the sea. Sula must not only figure our her parents’ secret, but also just how different, and possibly magical, she really is.
I’ve been keen on getting the chance to read Sula’s Voyage by Catherine Torres, which was launched today, 27 May 2016, during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) at the National Library of Singapore. But as I’ve been traveling and a physical copy of the book was delivered to my condo, I only got my hands on it today, so to celebrate the launch, the author has obligingly provided a playlist of mood music for her work.
This of course has only gotten me even more hyped up, especially seeing a few artists I really love on the list, like Vienna Teng and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and the angst-ridden voice of my high school years, Alanis Morissette. The result is both soothing and haunting at the same time, and yet it’s got an energy that has me all the more excited to crack open the book. I’m particularly loving the vibe of the lullaby from Song of the Sea, as the video, tune, and lyrics just seem to reflect that light YA feel and the sense of having a journey to go on, which I’m sure from the blurb we’ll see a lot of in Sula’s Voyage.
Here’s a YouTube playlist from the author:
The song list is as follows:
1. “Gravity” by Vienna Teng
2. “Father Sky” by Taimane
3. “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette
4. “Song of the Sea Lullaby” performed by Nolwenn Leroy from the Song of the Sea soundtrack
5. “Momentum” by Vienna Teng
6. “Walang Hanggang Paalam” by Joey Ayala and Bayang Barrios
7. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Excited? I know I am! Look for a review and details on where to get a copy of your own—soon!