Story and illustrations by Ia Uaro
Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story
UVI POZNANSKY - Author of Apart From Love, California:
"It took me time to write this review because I was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story.
Let me tell you what the title meant to me: Sydney, who is a girl barely 18 years old at the opening of the story, is ashamed of her voice, thinking she is tone-deaf, and only when inhibitions are lifted, only in her sleep, does she dare to sing. But events in this story cause her to mature fast, so it is with great urgency that she finds her voice. This book is a love song; a song of songs to her beloved, to whom with amazing devotion she dedicates her life. What better quote for her transformation than the one at the opening: "You’ll know who I am by the song that I sing." The soul and the voice are one.
It is hard, if not impossible, to fit this work into a literary genre, because the first half reads like an adorable girl-meets-boy story, only to take a sharp turn when Pete, the man Sydney falls in love with, has a bicycle accident on his visit to Boston. At the same moment, half a world away in Australia, Sydney senses a strong, inexplicable fear in her heart, and collapses. It takes weeks for her to learn his whereabouts. Lying in a Boston hospital, arm and leg broken, he is diagnosed with brain injury, and it is unclear whether he will ever regain consciousness. This is where the real fight, the fight for his survival begins; this is where you will get completely hooked with the Sydney's character.
The author of Sydney's Song is an artist as well, and her stylized black-and-white illustrations appear at every chapter heading, looking like a little window though which you can view events. Inspired by real events in her life, this story is a tribute to her spirit, her voice, and her song.
SADIE DUARTE - Scriptwriter and author of Spanish novel 'Alas para Soñar'
"It is certainly a fact that many artists use their own knowledge and experience to focus on the meaning of life. However, and in spite of most writers' artistic skills, not all of them can touch people's hearts. Based on real events, Sydney's Song is one of these emotional stories that readers won't easily forget. Sydney is an ordinary girl with her usual teenage fears and problems. She meets Pete and her perception of life changes. In fact, Pete is a violinist who has an accident and is badly injured. Then, Pete's promising career vanishes forever and Sydney has to cope with difficulties, misfortune and hearbreak.
Ia Uaro's beautiful, poetic words and splendid drawings accompany the avid reader on an emotional journey to the characters' minds and yearning desires. The author takes an in-depth look to the mental anguish caused by physical disabilities but, at the same time, gives a glimmer of hope that shines throughout the pages. In conclusion, we are reminded that we are all like Pete, violinists facing daily problems, fighting against adversity, playing on the stage of life and whose music, no matter how bad things go, should always be heard."
BRIANNA LEE MCKENZIE - novelist, on a yacht on the Chesapeake Bay
A Song to Remember
I related to Sydney the moment I met her. She was a teen product of divorce who was forced to rely upon her own wit and wisdom in order to survive. But Pete, magnificent Pete, took her into his heart and under his wing. Their relationship was beyond love and adoration. Their capacity to know, to sense and to FEEL each other shone throughout the story. Sydney’s tenacity during tragedy was remarkably well described and as with any Olympic event, I wanted to stand up and cheer for her. Throughout the story, I cried, I laughed and I swelled with pride when young Sydney grew from shy teenager to a take-charge woman, all within a single year of her life. I recommend “Sydney’s Song” for young adults, parents, teachers, music lovers and anyone who does not believe that love exists beyond the physical plane. Five Stars!
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PHIL NORK: "The writing was superb, the story kept me interested and the ending touched me in ways most books don’t."
NORMA FOWLER: "Riveting... a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her."
BRENDA FRANKLIN: "Touches more than just the surface"
J. LENNI DORNER: "Wonderful and compelling...The exploration of the dynamic of the broken family was deeply moving."
MARY METCALFE: "Haunting."