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About The Book

Fox Benwell delivers a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores the relationship between two girls obsessed with music, the practice of corrective rape in South Africa, and the risks and power of using your voice.

Neo loves music, and all she ever wanted was a life sharing this passion, on the radio. When she meets Tale, the lead singer in a local South African band, their shared love of music grows. So does their love for each other. But not everyone approves. Then Neo lands her dream job of working at a popular radio station, and she discovers that using your voice is sometimes harder than expected, and there are always consequences.

About The Author

Fox Benwell is a passionate author, educator, and academic, with a particular interest in the intersections between culture, literature, and learning. He holds a BA in international education, an MA in writing for young people (distinction) from Bath Spa University, and is working on his PhD, examining disability representation in current anglophone young adult literature. He teaches creative writing, as well as teaching in a SEN setting. He’s delivered several academic papers and school workshops on the topics of disability and LGBTQIA+ representation. Mostly, he’s an author and lover of stories. His debut novel The Last Leaves Falling was a CBC Notable Children’s Book in Children’s Studies, a USBBY Outstanding International Book, on the Arkansas Teen Book Award Reading List, and longlisted for the Carnegie Greenaway Medal. He also wrote Kaleidoscope Song, has contributed to three anthologies: UnbrokenProud and Out Now, and is currently working on several new adventures. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 19, 2017)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481477697
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL600L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetricsĀ®

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Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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