YA sensation Bethany C. Morrow’s A SONG BELOW WATER created major waves when it splashed onto the SFF scene last year. Set in Portland, Oregon, this contemporary fantasy follows two young Black girls named Tavia and Effie as they come to terms with the power that lies behind their secret magical identities. Through the unbreakable bond of their sisterhood, these two best friends come to understand their unique abilities while fighting against everyday systemic racism and sexism.
In A CHORUS RISES, Morrow returns to the magical universe of A SONG BELOW WATER, with an all-new tale that centers on Eloko teen influencer, Naema Bradshaw, as she navigates her new life as a social pariah within her community following a confrontation involving Tavia and Effie. Naema has been accused of outing Tavia as a siren and the news has spread worldwide, casting Naema as the ultimate villain. No one wants to hear Naema’s truth of what really happened between her, Tavia, and Effie that fateful day—not her Eloko community, her friends, or the media. But Naema is not one to go quietly.
With this latest tale, Morrow flips the script on readers who may have been quick with their harsh judgements of Naema when she was first introduced in A SONG BELOW WATER. Readers will get to know the real Naema—witnessing the fall and rise of a young Black girl whose spirit cannot be broken and whose magical voice will not be silenced.
Accolades and Praise for A SONG BELOW WATER:
An Instant National Bestseller
NPR Best Book of the Year
A 2021 Audie Award Finalist
A Junior Library Guild selection
“It’s beautiful and it’s brilliant.”
—Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
“An enthralling tale of Black Girl Magic.”
―Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of THE BELLES
“A must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike.”
—Booklist, starred review