The Song of the Swan (Hardcover)
Beautiful mythical fairytale, a blending of two ballets, Swan Lake and Giselle, and Slavic folklore in this middle grade read with black and white illustrations. We are introduced to the story by a spider, who weaves the story throughout the book. Once upon a time, in a land far away, a magical spider gave a heartstring to a mortal man, a magical string that he could draw on if he needed. The magic was passed down through generations until we get to our main characters — orphaned Olga, and her protector Pavel, who enter a long forgotten castle in hopes to find and steal the heart stone — a jewel that will allow them to leave their life of thievery on the road and finally be comfortable. They wake in the castle to find a ball is held every night, but Olga realizes the fair maidens at the ball turn back into swans during the day, and she sets out to solve the mystery behind the magic. A sweet and fun fairytale for elementary school readers.— Aerie
A magical retelling of Swan Lake, featuring a clever orphan, a castle filled with enchanted swans, and a quest to unearth the secrets of the past.
Olga is an orphan and a thief, relying on trickery and sleight of hand to make her way in the world. But it’s magic, not thievery, that could get her into trouble.
When Olga and her partner-in-crime Pavel learn of a valuable jewel kept in a secluded castle, Olga sees an opportunity to change their lives: a prize so big, they’d never have to steal again. But the castle is not as it seems, ruled by an enchanter who hosts grand balls every night, only for the guests to disappear each morning, replaced by swans. Guided by cryptic clues from the palace spiders, Olga soon realizes she’s in over her head—torn between a bargain with the enchanter, loyalty to Pavel, and determination to understand how the enchanted swans are linked to her own fate.
One thing is certain: there is dark magic behind the castle’s mysteries, and Olga will stop at nothing to unmask it.
About the Author
Karah Sutton is an American/New Zealand children’s author and former bookseller. Her debut middle grade fantasy adventure A Wolf for a Spell was an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next List Top 10 selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award. Inspired by her many years as a ballet dancer, The Song of the Swan is her second novel.
Visit her online at KarahSutton.com or on Instagram at @KarahdactylAuthor.
Pauliina Hannuniemi is a Finnish illustrator with her Bachelor of Arts from Metropolia UoAS. In addition to The Song of the Swan, she is also the illustrator of Karah Sutton's A Wolf for a Spell.
“Sutton's prose shines in this fast-paced adventure featuring engaging characters, a unique take on magic, and some truly creepy moments. I loved it!” — J.A. White, award-winning author of Nightbooks and The Thickety
"An enchanting fairy tale. . . . The characters are interesting, and the story, lovingly inspired by the ballets Giselle and Swan Lake, moves briskly." —Kirkus Reviews
"Wise spiders, magical threads, and flawed illusions anchor this traditionally structured fantasy that nods to Swan Lake, focused on a child who uses her magical powers to help her swindling merchant caretaker." —Publishers Weekly
"Ripe for fairytale fans... Sutton conjures a folkloric Eastern European setting in this Swan Lake retelling, and Illustrator Hannuniemi lends a cozy feel with blaack-and-white renderings." —Booklist