Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of the The Song Walker, as part of my spot on the Kaleidoscopic Tours. A big thanks to Bee, and to Usborne for my copy of the book.
“There are three questions that I need to find the answers to:
Where am I?
What am I doing here?
And… Who am I?”
When a young girl wakes up in the middle of the desert, she has no idea who she is. She’s wearing one shoe, a silky black dress, and she’s carrying a strange, heavy case.
She meets Tarni, who is on a mysterious quest of her own. Together, the two girls trek across the vast and ever-changing Australian Outback in search of answers. Except both are also hiding secrets…
Rating: 4 stars
There is a very blunt start to this story, yet somehow it still manages to hook you in like the sharpest of tools. You can’t help but become completely driven to see this book through, feeling almost as motivated as both girls on their journey.
Tarni is First Country Australian, and uses the traditional method of singing maps to track the path she is following, something the girl she finds in the bush finds odd at first, and slowly comes to respect. Her respect for Tarni and her culture develops over the course of the book, sending important messages to the reader, as well as providing important character development that feels authentic in a character that has decided she wants to be better than she was.
Magpie, as Tarni nicknames the nameless girl at one point, slowly starts to regain bits and pieces of her memories, mostly utterly useless. Then she remembers the code to the box she is carrying, takes out what’s inside it, and things change…
Overall I found this to be a truly special book, with messages about relationships, being the best version of yourself you can be, how it’s never too late to change, and, maybe most importantly, hope.
Thanks for joining me for this review today. I’ll be back with more posts along this week so be sure to check back in for those!
Note: I’m reviewing this as white person with the privileges that provides me. I hope I have been respectful in my discussion of First Country People, however if there are any edits that need to be made, please let me know.