Alexandra Siy

writer & photographer


"New Town"
A YA Short Story


This compelling collection of stories explores the powerful impact that music has in our lives—especially in the lives of teens. Each story strikes a new note: Ron Koertge introduces us to the boys in the band—the marching band; Joseph Bruchac contributes a Native American boy with no rhythm whatsoever; Jennifer Armstrong writes about what was perhaps the first battle of the bands—during the American Civl War; David Levithan offers up a love song that speaks powerfully to an unintended audience; and Alexandra Siy explores how music transcends the destruction of mental illness in a family. But while each story is different, they combine into a harmonic song of praise—for the depths music can reach in us, and the power it has to bind us together.