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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Seventeen-year-old Leisha was a Black girl who got into the prestigious Stonefield Academy on a scholarship. She was also training as a singer for the NATS music competition. Unfortunately, her coach, Ms. Wells, disappeared out of the blue. But while others moved on, Leisha knew that something was wrong. Her teacher never missed a class, devoted her time to students, and was super organized. At the same time, she struck up a relationship with Cody, a cello player, against their parents’ will. Leisha and Cody set out to find Ms. Wells, but they got more than they bargained for. A jealous wife, a missing child, a vengeful girl, and a blast from the past made their investigation complicated. Who took Ms. Wells and why? Find out in Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter.
I love educative and engaging books, and Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter met my needs. The plot, character development, dialogue, writing style, and storyline were all superb! I also loved the fast-paced, witty remarks and infusion of humor. Leisha’s Song reminded me of the sensitive matters we often dealt with and still deal with concerning our folks. Folks want to achieve their dreams through us, so they choose our careers instead of letting us carve our own paths. This kind of projection ruins lives, and I’m glad that the duo had Mr. Ainsley. There were also open racism, superiority, and inferiority complexes exhibited by Gramps and the Harringtons. The world could do without such hate and prejudices. This novel was unpredictable, and I never saw Jacey coming. Mrs. McAllister made me laugh so much at how she always shocked the staff with her hair choices. I hope Randall finds his happily ever after, and this book gets a sequel. Write more, Lynn.