Leisha's Song

Category: Young Adult - Mystery

Author: Lynn Slaughter


  • Publisher: Fire and Ice/Melange Books
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2021
  • Page Count: 272
  • ISBN-10: 1953735347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1953735348
  • ASIN: 978-1-953735-34-8

How can a caring and dedicated teacher like Ms. Wells resign in the midst of preparing her talented students for a great vocal competition? Leisha is determined to get to the bottom of Ms. Wells’s disappearance and to ensure that she is doing okay. When Cody, a quiet cellist, offers help to find her, they join forces to discover the real reason behind Ms. Wells vanishing from school.

Leisha is a talented mixed-race orphan student studying on scholarship at Stonefield, a respected institution that is predominantly white. Her grandfather wants her to pursue a career in medicine, but when Leisha discovers Ms. Wells, a mother-like figure and mentor who kindly encourages her love for music, she changes her mind about her career. Ms. Wells is a teacher with high accolades and confirms that Leisha’s talents in music surpass her love for the arts. When the two women establish a close bond and are preparing for the upcoming competition, Ms. Wells suddenly resigns without telling her students why. Thrown off by her unannounced disappearance, Leisha looks for clues to find her when Cody, a sensitive cellist, insists he must help. They embark on a journey to find Ms. Wells and even find love. However, they put their lives at greater risk with every step they take towards the truth about Ms. Wells’ disappearance.

Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter is a spectacularly thrilling tale that follows the life of a mixed-race orphan whose only parent has been her grandfather. Slaughter writes the plot with vibrant and well-explained descriptions of melodies and songs and shares lovely instances of how Cody and Leisha begin to fall for each other. Her writing style is absolutely enthralling as she keeps up the book’s suspense and follows Leisha’s and Cody’s journey to finding Ms. Wells. The prose is clear, the characters sophisticated and unforgettable, and the suspense turns the story into a page-turner. 

Reviewed by Franklin Bauer Review Date: April 30, 2022

Category: Young Adult - Mystery


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