Synopsis: Strangers, storms and whispers of legendary sea people… Eloise Williams skilfully interweaves nature and myth in her stunning debut for inclusive publisher Barrington Stoke.

In the wake of a tempest hitting her town, Morwenna is left to take care of a stranger washed ashore. The storm is just another of many that have plagued the town for years – people blame the tide singers, legendary sea people who are said to charm storms with their singing. Morwenna has never believed the tales, but when she is left alone with the stranger, she realises this is no ordinary girl. Can the stories be true? Can the girl control the tides with nothing more than her voice? Her arrival brings danger of a different kind, and Morwenna must draw on all the courage she has in order to stop a conflict that could destroy her home…

Release Date: 3rd March 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Horror, Mythology/Folklore, Historical, Death, Family, Friendship.

Pages: 104

Review: On a small island that keeps having raging storms and the town gossip spreads stories of a tide singer causing them. Then on a night so bad an unknown girl is brought into the funeral parlour and Morwenna looks after her and finds out who she really is.

This was amazing, just so amazing I loved this book it was eerie, it was clever, unique and I loved everything. The setting being a small welsh island and the protagonist working with her Da in a funeral home and on the small creepy graveyard land, I absolutely loved that.

The tide singer was fascinating and such an interesting creature, she harnessed the waters, had her own strange language and was really so unique. The illustrations of her were so intriguing and she was drawn so wonderfully. Also what she could do and how she did it was really unique too.

This is such an incredible short middle grade horror, it’s eerie, it hooks you in instantly, it gets your mind wandering and you love exploring who really is this tide singer. The characters are all so interesting and I just love the vibe this whole story gave off.

I’ve never read anything quite like this, it was so interesting and it was such a great historical horror, with added mythology/ Folktales and so much more. I highly recommend this book it will not disappoint at all.

About Author: Eloise Williams grew up in south Wales. She now lives in Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog, Watson Jones. She worked in the theatre in wardrobe, then studied Drama, and worked for over ten years as an actress before studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University.

About Illustrator: August Ro is an illustrator from a small town in the Far East. She specializes in book illustrations, and loves to invent and hear of stories so that she can tell them in her illustrations.


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