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The Resource Song of the current, Sarah Tolcser

Song of the current, Sarah Tolcser

Label
Song of the current
Title
Song of the current
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Tolcser
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Caroline Oresteia, seventeen, finally has a chance to be a wherryman, she gets caught in a web of politics and lies, with her father's life at stake
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Storyline
Character
Review
  • Grades 7-10 Caro Oresteia, daughter of a river wherryman, thinks the river and sailing her family’s small boat is her destiny, and she is disappointed when the river gods don’t speak to her as they have to all her ancestors. She is meant for bigger things; her true fate begins to unfold when she releases a mysterious man from an enchanted box, discovers he is the heir to the Akhaian throne, and decides to protect his life with her own. First-time author Tolcser has created a hearty sea adventure, laced with romance and fantasy, that features a biracial heroine, both self-doubting and brave, and a blue-eyed, black-haired prince with a lot to learn. The flavor of the sea comes through by way of basic sailing terms and techniques, colorful cursing (“Balto’s balls!”), and dialect that feels authentic without being troublesome to read. This is more romantic than L. A. Meyer’s Jacky Faber series but may work with its readers. It can also be handed to fans of Celia Rees’ Pirates! (2003), or for the romance, Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses series. -- Welch, Cindy (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p98)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—Caroline "Caro" Oresteia knows that like her wherryman father, she belongs to the river god. Yet at 17 she's still waiting for him to whisper to her. When her father is imprisoned for refusing to carry mysterious cargo, Caro elects to take over. She arranges to captain her first ship and get her father out of jail. After a pirate attack, Caro opens the cargo to find a boy escaping from his would-be murderers. As Caro and the boy slowly share secrets and admit their attraction to each other, they begin to realize that their fates may not be what they thought. Ultimately this story is one of self-discovery. Caro must balance what she thinks she wants with who she actually is. All the characters are fully developed and complex, including Caro's cousin Kenté, who joins the crew and demonstrates powers that would surprise her prominent family. The first in a series, this debut fantasy includes various mythical elements; a map is featured at the front of the book proclaiming, "Here be drakons," and a frogman is a member of the ship's small crew. While the narrative is often action-packed, the pacing does not feel rushed and gives readers time to learn about the characters and the world they inhabit. VERDICT This enticingly written tale will take readers on an adventure and leave them craving more. For fans of titles such as Heidi Heilig's The Girl from Everywhere or Susan Dennard's Truthwitch. Highly recommended for all YA collections.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL --Martha Simpson (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 04, p159)
  • /* Starred Review */ Caroline Oresteia, a wherryman's daughter and granddaughter, knows that she's meant for the river—but at age 17, she has yet to hear the voice of the god at its bottom. When pirates burn several wherries, Caro's smuggler father is arrested. To gain back his freedom—and maybe attract the god's attention—Caro agrees to use her father's wherry to transport a mysterious cargo: a young man named Tarquin Meredios who claims to be a royal courier. Pompous and overbearing, highborn Tarquin sneers at both Caro and wherrymen. But as he and Caro change course from Caro's contracted destination to one Tarquin insists on, he grows on both her and readers. Caro's narrative voice is smart and colloquial; worldbuilding details are imparted naturally through dialogue and her reflections on it. Caro describes herself as having a mixed heritage, noting the varying shades of brown in her relatives from her mother's side. Most of the other, presumably white characters' skin tones are not described, with pale Tarquin's "strange foreign coloring" a notable exception. The frogmen, descendants of the river god and a sailor's daughter, have brownish-green skin; Fee, a taciturn female frogman, works for Caro's father. Caro's description of her boat home, the Cormorant, will make even readers unfamiliar with sailing feel as though they belong on the water with her. Tolcser blends the right amount of epic fantasy, sea voyage, and romance for a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure. (Fantasy. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10552713
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tolcser, Sarah
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL610L
  • Decoding demand: 97 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 86 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 89 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Song of the current
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fantasy
  • Pirates
  • Boats and boating
  • Rivers
  • Racially mixed people
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Royalty
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Love & Romance
  • Pirates
  • Boats and boating
  • Rivers
  • Racially mixed people
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Song of the current, Sarah Tolcser
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796668
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9781681192970
Lccn
2016036498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781681192970
  • (OCoLC)957021903
Label
Song of the current, Sarah Tolcser
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796668
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9781681192970
Lccn
2016036498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781681192970
  • (OCoLC)957021903

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