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A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water, Book 2

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Girl reclaims her truth from her image in thoughtful novel.

Black girl in front of flowering cactus, holding smartphone

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This is a satisfying sequel to its predecessor. In A Chorus Rises, readers learn what happens in the aftermath of the events in the first book of the series, from the perspective of that previous story's villain. Whereas A Song Below Water alternates between two points of view, this book is narrated by a single voice -- that of a girl who's very self-absorbed, and because of that, mildly annoying. The book begins with a summary of where the previous book left off, but readers who haven't read A Song Below Water might find it hard to appreciate the stakes.

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