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TruthSinger

Nathan loves music and is able to hear songs, songs that reveal the truth of whatever or whoever he meets. But he fears that his music and ultimately, Nathan himself, have played a very big role in his parents’ separation. To add to his worries, Nathan has moved with his mother, to his Uncle Nevill’s house, an eccentric, mysterious old man. He also has to deal with a school bully, and an unwanted, but insistent friend, Katie, who performs “magic.”

Nathan and Katie are inadvertently caught in the summoning of Uncle Nevill by Myrrd, Wyndcaller of Angliocch, and find themselves in the middle of a power struggle between a boy king and a sorceress in a kingdom on a parallel world. In Angliocch, Nathan learns to embrace his gifts for music and hearing and uses them to play an instrumental role in helping the boy king ascend the throne.


Awards

  • 1997/1998 “Starred Our Choice Award” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre

 

 

Reviews

 

“Eventful and readable, The Truthsinger is a good fantasy…”
— Quill and Quire

“Descriptive passages come with an enviable agility of tone and there is a general economy in the writing that would be admirable in any novelist of any genre.”
— Resource Links, June 1997

“From the threads of music and magic inherent in language, Haworth-Attard skilfully weaves the cloth of a superbly literate fantasy.”
— Canadian Book Review Annual 1997

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