Book Birthday Bash: The Turnaway Girls

Book Birthday Bash


The Turnaway Girls by Hayley ChewinsHappy Book Birthday to THE TURNAWAY GIRLS!

This dark middle grade fantasy is set on an isolated island called Blightsend. On Blightsend, girls are not allowed to make music and are instead forced to turn boys’ songs into gold. But when twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea begins to sing in secret, everything changes.

We’re so happy you’re at our party for THE TURNAWAY GIRLS. Join in the fun…


Since the instrument of choice on the island of Blightsend is the stone-flute, thin strains of sad, eerie flute music would be in order.


The food on the island of Blightsend is very strange and limited, and includes a red fruit with a thick skin called tongue-fruit and deep fried seaflowers (a sort of flowering seaweed). Neither of these is particularly appetizing, but for accuracy’s sake, these are served. (Sorry, party-goers.)


Everyone’s trying their hand at making shimmer (i.e., turning music into gold). We’re also carving cloisterwings out of clay and painting them black. Of course, we’ll have to have a forbidden sing-along.


Gold cloisterwing jewellery!

THE TURNAWAY GIRLS is written by Hayley Chewins and published by Candlewick Press. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls

Hayley Chewins

Hayley Chewins grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. The second eldest of four daughters, she sang incessantly as a child. So incessantly, in fact, that she was sent to lessons twice a week in the interests of household peace. Hayley studied classical voice for a year before switching to a degree in English Literature and Italian. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a house full of art and music and color, with her husband and a very small poodle. She believes in two things above all else: the magic of love and the heroism of sisters.

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