Alina: A Song For the Telling
Alina: A Song For the Telling is a coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century. Although written for middle grade/young adult, this timeless and classic tale will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.” Alina’s brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.  

I pinched my lips together, trying not to laugh. But it was true; Aunt Marci had already introduced me to several suitors. So far I had managed to decline their suits politely.

Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. How could she possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz, as impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage?

But fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. When the perfect opportunity comes along for her to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem.

Alina soon finds herself embroiled in the political intrigue of noble courts as she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.
Alina: A Song For the Telling by Malve von Hassell
Malve von Hassell
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-072-1
Softcover:   978-1-64397-104-9
Ebook:         978-1-64397-105-6
LCCN: 2020933340

Page Count: 232
Release Date: 8/27/2020
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“The book was really good and I wasn't able to put it down. 
— Darian Altomare, NetGalley Reviewer
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“an enjoyable read…
— Margot, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“an excellent middle grade historical fiction [that will also] interest a wider readership.
— Nengath, Goodreads Reviewer
“a sincere attempt to bring the time of the crusades into greater focus.
— Historical Novel Society
“a compelling insightful read for young adults, and adults, who are interested in Medieval historical fiction.
— Jypsy, Goodreads Reviewer
“like Philippa Gregory for younger readers…provides an accessible glimpse of the period that preteen and young teen girls may find especially relatable.
— Irene, Goodreads Reviewer
“I was indeed hooked with the first chapter…a captivating and excellent evocation of the society of the time [12th Century]. A middle grade historical novel I would recommend to all lovers of history, young and older.
— Words and Peace
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The Pushcart Prize, 2021
“one of the best books I’ve ever read. But, in a way I never imagined. ALINA moves at the speed of poetry. It needs to be loved and savored as only a great book can.
— My Bookish Bliss
“I loved it. [A] Great read for young and old alike.
— Tea. Tiara. Read. Repeat.
“von Hassell brilliantly weaves in this search for our voice, our freedom, into the entirety of the book. This book is ideal for middle-graders and Young adults and also I feel a must read for adults too. For all of us have a voice and we need to find it.
— Mish Mash Masala
“an insightful read for young adults, and adults, who are interested in Medieval historical fiction.
— Book Review Cafe
“an immersive adventure filled with convincing 12th century political and social subterfuge. It comes highly recommended for anyone interested in historical fiction, especially those readers desiring thoroughly researched historical characters blended into an engrossing fictional story.