Rating: 10 / 10
The story is told by Claire. Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend, and they love each other fiercely. And then Claire watches as Ella gets swept away…
I’ll admit it. I’ve never read any of David Almond’s books before, not even Skellig. But after reading this masterpiece of a tale, I will definitely be seeing what else he has to offer. This is writing at it’s most beautiful - capturing your imagination and your heart so completely, nothing but the story exists. The story flows so perfectly, and you are swept along for the ride.
'A Song for Ella Grey' is a retelling of the tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set in the cold, dramatic landscapes of North East England, and in the hearts of teenagers high on life, Almond tells a tale of a love so fierce, and a grief so deep you can feel it.
What a glorious book.
Published October 2014.