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Kaleidoscope Song Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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About the Author
Fox Benwell is a perpetual student of the world, a writer, adventurer, and wannabe-knight, who holds degrees in international education and writing for young people, and believes in the power of both to change the world. When he’s not writing or teaching, he sings barbershop with The Great Western Chorus; music is pretty good at changing the world, too. He is the author of The Last Leaves Falling and Kaleidoscope Song.
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Kaleidoscope Song is the story of Neo. Throughout the book we can see Neo grow from this shy girl who’s afraid of letting her true self shine to this strong young woman who stands up for who she is and what she believes in.
She’s a strong and determined and hardworking and persistent and such a caring character. She’s a South African young woman trying to find her place in the world.
Neo has a passion for music like you’ve never seen before. No one gets it though. Her parents keep telling her that music will get her nowhere. That she should forget about that childish dream, she should study and find a man. A man she’ll marry and have children with.
And then there’s this beautiful woman, Tale. She gets IT. She gets HER. Neo fell in love with her song and there’s no way she’s ever going to be able to let go her go. They create the most beautiful song together.
But life as a black lesbian woman in Khayelitsha, Cape Town is not easy.
Just when everything seems to be going fine and Neo finally feels like she’s found her place in the world, the cruel side of the world makes an appearance and tries to destroy everything she loves.
Neo’s story might be fictional but there is nothing but the truth in Fox Benwell’s words. Even though she is a fictional character, there are actually a lot of Neos out there fighting for their rights and fighting to survive when they shouldn’t have to. They should be able to live their lives like any other human in this Earth. Some might have it easier than her, some have gone through horrible things we can’t even begin to imagine.
Kaleidoscope Song is a small contribution to this cause (that shouldn’t even be a cause). It creates awareness. It makes you think and want to help and it makes you want to educate yourself.
I’m so thankful to Fox Benwell for writing this book and for not keeping quiet. For using his magnificent talent with words and giving us a piece of his mind.
I will forever carry Neo’s story inside my heart and I cross my heart I will never keep quiet.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. If Benwell’s words resonated so much with me (a straight Mexican young woman), imagine how much it would mean to a lesbian or anyone from the LGBTQIA+ community.
PLEASE pick up this book as soon as you can.
Fox Benwell has such a way with words – they don’t just paint you a picture, they play you a symphony. And in a book all about music, and passion, and how everything can be turned into a song, into music if you just listen carefully, these words pick you up and take you along for an amazing journey that hits all the right notes.
This book is for the music lovers, for young people in love, for people figuring themselves out, for those curious about the world, what it can offer you and how you can change it. For the explorers, for the quiet ones listening to their own world, music always in their heads, for the ones who want to dance and the ones who want to create, to leap from their boundaries. It’s for everyone, just as music is everywhere.
Neo’s story is one of passion, music, love, self-discovery, exploration, the risks and power of raising your voice. She lives in a society that expects certain things of her, a path she can’t follow if she must stay true to herself. It’s the story of how she finds her own way through tradition and expectations, and how she makes her mark. It’s happy and it’s sad and it’s contemplative – but above all it’s true to itself and real.
Fox Benwell is an amazing storyteller, and this book and its characters will stay with me for a long while. It has beautiful prose, a moving story, and a mixture of feelings and emotions that are proof and consequence of a book that reaches deep and moves you, that makes you think, wonder. I can’t recommend it enough.