Wednesday 17 September 2014

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Title: A Song for Ella Grey
Author: David Almond
Published: 2nd October 2014
Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books


I found A Song for Ella Grey a little confusing and hard to get my head around. I think it wasn't helped by the the way it was written, as it felt like I was reading a really really long poem.

It was quite hard not to let my mind wander when reading as there weren't really any concrete descriptions as to what was happening half the time. The one thing I liked though was when the pages became black with white writing to portray death. 

It really was such a shame that I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted to, especially as it was a retelling of a Greek myth which I love. It was readable but it was hard to keep track of the story sometimes and I'm not even really sure what happened. The characters could have been much better developed and I don't see why it had to be written in prose. Maybe if it hadn't been written in prose, it would have lived up to it's full potential.

Overall it didn't meet my expectations and therefore could have been better.


  1. Love the idea of the pages changing to portray death but shame you didn't enjoy it Laura!

    1. Thanks Sophie, yes it was a shame. I was so hopeful!