The Silver Chain (Hardback)Jion Sheibani (author)
Both a touching meditation on mental health and an exquisite love letter to the power of music to comfort and heal, verse novel The Silver Chain follows a violin prodigy who must learn to cope when her mother's mental state unravels.
Longlisted for The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing 2023
Uplifting and unputdownable, an illustrated coming-of-age verse novel about family, mental health and the healing power of music.
Azadeh is a budding violinist on a music scholarship at an expensive private school, dealing with all the usual trials of being sixteen: trying her best to fit in, keep up and have fun. Then as her mum's mental health spirals out of control, Azadeh's world starts to unravel. Her friendships fall away, and as much as she and her dad try to keep a lid on everything, their problems insist on taking over.
Feeling alone, it's her violin that finally helps Azadeh to find her way back to her friends, herself and even her mum. A beautifully packaged, highly important and irresistible novel about mental health struggles and the solace we find in music and rhythm, friendship, family and honesty.
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 205 x 135 x 35 mm
I devoured this clever, brave and beautiful book which is game-changing in the way we tell stories. Utterly moving, totally powerful. Honest, pure and true! An arrow to the heart. A warm hug. A light of hope in the dark. I could not put it down. -- Laura Dockrill
This debut from Jion Sheibani is stunning: like the musical notes violin prodigy Azadeh brings to life on the page, the story seems to come alive melodiously. * The Independent *
Encapsulates all of the best elements of a great contemporary verse novel . . . witty and heart-breaking in equal measure. [. . .] An incredible book, it is absolutely worth reading time and time again. -- Ruth Ennis * Books Ireland Magazine *
Compelling and intimate . . . a wonderful book -- Tom Tolkien * School Reading List *
A touching meditation on mental health and an exquisite love letter to the power of music to comfort and heal. * Waterstones.com *
This is a sensitive and engaging book that offers a moving celebration of music's capacity to bring solace in times of darkness. -- Kate Wakeling * BBC Music Magazine *
Each poem presents a sharp crystallisation of Azadeh's emotions at key moments, so that the usual 'cement' of a more conventional structure would seem cumbersome and redundant by comparison.
This lovely book will, I'm sure, delight and reassure anyone going through this difficult time in her or his life.
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“Lyrical and raw, a must read”
The Silver Chain is a gorgeous book in every sense of the word. The illustrations are beautiful, the poetry is beautiful, and the message is one to take to heart.
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One of my favourite reads of 2022 so far. It's breathtakingly incredible and a must read.
TW - mental health - suicide
The Silver Chain is the most beautifully written collection of poetry from protagonist... More
“Amazing and inspirational”
Wow, I was really surprised at how good this book is. It blew me away. The book is a novel which is written poetically, and it is an amazing piece of literature, which is very deep and emotional.
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