Aria of the Sea (Paperback)

By Dia Calhoun

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374404543, 272pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003

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On the island of Normost, in the kingdom of Windward, 13-year-old Cerinthe Gale is a folk healer who dreams of being a dancer. When her mother falls ill, Cerinthe fights to save her — but fails. She blames herself for her mother’s death, gives up healing, and decides to pursue dance. Cerinthe travels across Windward to audition at the School of the Royal Dancers, which accepts her even though she is a commoner. It should be the beginning of a brilliant future, but Cerinthe feels an emptiness she can’t identify. A disagreement with a young man, a conflict with a cruel teacher, a rivalry with an aristocratic classmate, Elliana, and a meeting with a mederi — a healer with magical powers — add to her anguish. When the rivalry between the two girls causes a terrible accident, Elliana’s life hangs in the balance. Cerinthe faces the same awful choice she had faced with her mother: Should she try to heal Elliana herself or hope that the mederi arrives in time? Only the song of the Sea Maid holds the answer.

Aria of the Sea is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Book Sense 76 Recommended Children’s Book, and a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age.

About the Author

Dia Calhoun is the author of "Aria of the Sea, Firegold, "and "White Midnight," all ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Praise For Aria of the Sea

"Compelling." -- Publishers Weekly

"This [is a] wondrous tale of competition, self-discovery, and forgiveness . . . Characters in this novel are memorable and true, flesh and blood to readers." -- Voice of Youth Advocates