Today we're excited to be part of the blog tour for Wendy Orr's book Dragonfly Song.
Read on for more about Wendy, her book, an playlist, and giveaway!
Meet Wendy Orr!
Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, but grew up in various places across Canada, France, and the USA. She studied occupational therapy in the UK, married an Australian farmer, and moved to Australia. She’s the author of many award-winning books, including Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea, Rescue on Nim’s Island, Raven’s Mountain, and Peeling the Onion.
Meet Dragonfly Song!
The whispers say it’s not true that the Lady’s firstborn died at birth. They say it’s worse—the baby was born with an extra thumb dangling from each wrist. If she’s not perfect, she can never follow in her mother’s footsteps.
Nobody but the old wise-woman knows what truly happened to Aissa, the firstborn daughter of the priestess. If they saw the half-moon scars on the servant girl’s wrists they would find it out, but who would look twice at lowly, mute No-Name? Then the soldiers of Crete come to the island, demanding children as tribute for their god-king’s bull dances as they do every year. Aissa is determined to seize this chance to fight for her own worth and change her destiny once and for all.
Lyrically written and refreshingly unpredictable, Dragonfly Song is a compelling Bronze Age fantasy that suggests a fascinating origin for the legend of the Minotaur and his dark tribute.
~ Dragonfly Song Playlist ~
I heard Sigur Ros on the radio about 8 years before I started writing Dragonfly Song. I knew I had to write this book to their music, even though I normally have to write in silence. I wasn’t sure I’d heard the name correctly, but when I finally started writing, I explored iTunes and quickly found what I remembered. All the verse sections of the book were written to the album Agaetis Byrjun, but if I could only choose one song, it would be this one: se Lest. Imagine how amazed I was when it was the song chosen by the writer Tim Harris for Dragonfly Song on his ‘If this book were a song’ blog!
This Dance of Life by Soothing Relaxation lets my mind run free and travel to strange places…
A Beautiful Day by U2 – This is the most uplifting song I know – Aissa needs it sometimes! And I think it expresses her feelings in the last scene.
I was thinking of this French children’s song when I wrote the song game for the children out gathering spring greens.
Although the snake song of Dragonfly Song has no words, I imagine it in Loreena McKennit’s amazing voice.
Author: Wendy Orr
Publish Date: October 27th, 2017
Publisher: Pajama Press
One winner will receive a prize pack including a hardcover copy of Dragonfly Song, a bookplate signed by author Wendy Orr, and an enamel Dragonfly Song pin
~ US & Canada Only ~
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~ Tour Stops ~
Unleashing Readers, Activity Guide and Discussion Questions, 10/22
YA and Kids Book Central, Book Playlist, 10/23
Log Cabin Library, Guest Post, 10/24
The Children’s Book Review, Character Interview, 10/25
Bluestocking Thinking, Review, 10/26
Charlotte’s Library, Interview, 10/27
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust, Interview, 10/28
Writers’ Rumpus, Guest Post, 10/29