Sweet & Swanky 17ers~ Introducing…Dana Langer & her playlist for Siren Sisters + Giveaway!

Posted September 5, 2016 by Nori in Giveaway, My Features / 4 Comments

Sweet & Swanky 17ers~ Introducing…Dana Langer & her playlist for Siren Sisters + Giveaway!Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
Published by Aladdin
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 240
Purchase Links Amazon B&N Indiebound

A soon-to-be siren finds herself responsible for the lives of her sisters—and the fisherman they curse—in this haunting debut novel.

Now that I know the truth, I sometimes picture my sisters in headlights, the way they would have looked on that cold February night, armed with shovels and pickaxes, and digging in the graveyard.

Lolly Salt has beautiful sisters. When they’re not in school or running their small town’s diner, they’re secretly luring ships to their doom from the cliffs of Starbridge Cove, Maine. With beautiful voices that twelve-year-old

Lolly has yet to grow into (not that she wants to anyway) the Salt sisters do the work mandated by the Sea Witch, a glamorously frightening figure determined to keep the girls under her control. With their mother dead after a terrible car crash, and their father drowning in his grief, the sisters carry on with their lives and duties…until a local sea captain gets suspicious about the shipwrecks.

On the day before her birthday, Lolly watches in helpless horror as her sisters are lured themselves by curse-reversing fishermen—and suddenly it’s up to her and her best friend Jason to rescue the sirens of Starbridge Cove.


1) “Cliffs” By Karen O And The Kids (from WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE soundtrack)
I discovered this song on a playlist for one of Claire Legrand’s wonderful middle grade novels, SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS. Cliffs, as you can see on the cover, are an important feature of the landscape in SIREN SISTERS. This wordless song, featuring the humming of small, evocative voices, sounds like waves and salty sea air and maybe something magical too.

2) “Common Disaster” By the Cowboy Junkies
So much of writing this book required remembering what it felt like to be thirteen, that awkward combination of arrogant and insecure, jaded and awe-struck, sarcastic and completely sincere. This song has to do with spells and sisters, and I just remember thinking it was really cool when I was that age.

3) “Season of the Witch” By Donovan
I think the swanky Sea Witch in SIREN SISTERS would enjoy this song and find it empowering. She’d probably seek out the Courtney Love cover version though.

4) “Infinity” By Ruby the Rabbitfoot
This song is sweet and strange and also references spells and magic. Its mood reminds me of first crushes and dates to the town carnival.

5) “Lonely Girls” By Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams can do no wrong, in my opinion. There was one summer I worked as a waitress in a pie restaurant, and I used to listen to this album a lot on my way to work; it put images from the story in my head long before I knew that’s what they were.

*~~About the Author~~*

DANA LANGER is a New York based high school teacher. She holds a BA in creative writing and an MA in teaching from Brandeis University where she received the Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit Fiction Prize. SIREN SISTERS (Simon&Schuster/Aladdin, 2017) is her debut novel.
Social Media Links: Twitter ~ Website


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4 responses to “Sweet & Swanky 17ers~ Introducing…Dana Langer & her playlist for Siren Sisters + Giveaway!

  1. Theresa Snyder

    I really like books MG books, there’s something about the innocence of them or just wishing I could have had something cool happen to me at that age.
    This book fits that perfectly!
    and thanks for sharing the playlist, I enjoy seeing them (though most of the time I have never heard the songs, therefore not only a new book but new music too!)

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