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Sing Me to Sleep

Sing Me to Sleep

4.7 60
by Angela Morrison


Beth has always been 'The Beast'fithat's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.





Beth has always been 'The Beast'fithat's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion-for music, and for Beth-leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her ?one that could shatter everything.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With her tall lanky frame, thick glasses, frizzy hair, and acne-scarred face, high school junior Beth is The Beast. She possesses the voice of an angel, however, and her greatest joy comes from singing with the Bliss choir. Because of her solo, the group is invited to take part in a prestigious competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. A total makeover, paid for unrealistically by a rival's mother, transforms her into a beauty. In Europe, she meets the handsome Derek, a member of the top-rated Amabile boys' choir of Canada. Controlling and mysterious, he woos Beth while maintaining an air of secrecy. Hopelessly in love, she returns home to pursue the long-distance romance (lucky for them they live in towns near the border). Beth is confused by Derek's mood swings and her own conflicting emotions regarding the affections of the long-suffering Scott, her erstwhile boyfriend. When Beth finally learns Derek's secret that he is dying from Cystic Fibrosis, she rushes to his bedside to sing him to his final sleep. Filled with teen angst and a maudlin plot, this three-hanky novel will tug at the heartstrings of teen girls. It takes almost three quarters of the book to reveal Derek's secret, but the reader will have guessed it long before. Beth's transformation from Beast to goddess stretches the imagination, but her difficulty in accepting her new image in the mirror rings true. Scott is a little too good to be true, but he will leave female readers hoping to find someone just like him. Readers will need to wade through plenty of heavy breathing, passionate kissing, and Beth's doggerel song lyrics, yet the hopelessly romantic will savor every minute of this soap opera. The author bases her story on that of a young member of the Amabile choir who died in 2007. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
VOYA - Lucy Schall
Transformed by hypoallergenic makeup and laser surgery, seventeen-year-old Beth, "The Beast," becomes a beauty whose looks and gifted voice bring her two boyfriends: Scott, loyal from pre-school, and Derek, a handsome, mysterious member of a competing choir. She deals with her conflicting feelings and the jealousy while emerging as her choir's star. Derek, who visits sporadically, arranges for her to join a better choir closer to him. Her resistance uncovers his manipulation and ultimately, his terminal illness. After Beth sorts out her feelings for the boys, the appeals of the two choirs, and the responsibility of her new stardom, she emerges, supposedly, knowing real love. Beth's reactions seem overdramatic and the solutions, simplistic. Stalked and tortured for years by sadistic bullies, Beth exacts revenge by throwing punch on the lead bully, who somehow missed her transformation and tries to pick her up at the prom. Learning that sexually aggressive Derek battles cystic fibrosis, she camps in his hospital room, completes her challenging schoolwork, relates to his support group, and after his death, concludes that she and Derek each loved a fantasy rather than a real person. She returns to loyal and supportive Scott, who quickly accepts that Beth cannot have normal children. For a book about addressing growth and talent, Same Difference (Scholastic, 2009/VOYA June 2009) seems a stronger choice. Focusing on cystic fibrosis, Forever Changes (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2008/ VOYA December 2008) raises more realistic questions, but this book's soap opera feel will attract junior high girls. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This novel is mildly satisfying as a "girl blossoms and meets new boy while leaving behind the faithful childhood friend who has always loved her" story. It has a number of plot threads, most of which are woven deftly together. What makes it different is that the protagonist sings in a girls' youth choir, and a major part of the action takes place at an international competition with an elite boys' choir. Unattractive Beth sings like an angel. When rich Meadow loses her solo to Beth, she magnanimously arranges for Beth to have a makeover that transforms her into a beauty, just before they leave for Switzerland. While there, Beth meets and falls in love with Derek, a member of the Canadian choir (How convenient that she lives so close to the border in Michigan), but it is obvious that there is something he is not telling her. It turns out that he has cystic fibrosis, which alert readers will figure out before it is revealed. The story is sweet, although the scenes in which Beth and Derek are sucking face in a hospital bed while he is catheterized seem a little over-the-top. Buy where the demand for romances is high, or where the choir angle would draw readers.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews
With her Amazonian stature, zit-plastered face and thick glasses, vocalist and lyricist Beth has spent her high-school years in Michigan as "the Beast." When she becomes the soloist for her youth choir, giving them a winning chance at the Choral Olympics in Switzerland, a sudden, implausible makeover transforms her into a "goddess." As the teen comes to terms with her new appearance, this moralistic romance becomes a dragged-out decision between two suitors. Derek, the gorgeous, charming, controlling (although Beth never sees it) soloist from Canada, tries to cover up his lingering cough, avoids explanations of his secretive disappearances and has never known the former Beth. Short, nerdy, sweet Scott, on the other hand, has admired her since preschool and refuses to give up his feelings, no matter how she looks. Complicating Beth's decisions about love and a future life is a discovery about her genetics, selfishly revealed by her mother at an inopportune time for seemingly no reason other than to fuel the plot. The Nicholas Sparks-esque ending is sure to leave like-minded readers reaching for their tissues. (Romance. YA)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Angela Morrison is the author of Taken by Storm. She graduated from Brigham Young University and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Sing Me to Sleep 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
K-Reader2010 More than 1 year ago
This book will make you feel differently. For people who love romance, and music, and love. Prepare to be tearful!
Kym_McNabney More than 1 year ago
Wow, where do I begin. I was blown away when I read TAKEN BY STORM by Angela Morrison's, so I had no doubt, SING ME TO SLEEP would be good. Yet I couldn't have begun to foresee what an impact Beth's story would have on me. When I finish reading a book, I often run to the computer to write my review. Not so with SING ME TO SLEEP. There was no way I was emotionally ready after finishing the final pages. Heck, I wouldn't have been able to see the screen, anyway. I was pre-warned that I would need a box of tissues. Silently I said to myself, I don't think so. As an avid reader, I've read my share of tearjerkers. One tissue, maybe.but a box? I don't think so. I couldn't have been more wrong. As an aspiring writer, I was in awe of Ms. Morrison's writing as I read one great line after another. There was nothing I would have changed and that's saying a lot. It exceeded anything I could have conjured up. She has a uniquely amazing way with words. Each line was perfect in every way. I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I smiled. I felt every emotion Beth, Derek, and Scott experienced. I felt as though I were right there in the midst of their lives On page 88, my jaw dropped. Some of the sweetest words you could image came from Derek and Scott. Ms. Morrison is more then a writer of fiction. She's a poet and a song writer as well. I was so caught up in the story that I longed for a soundtrack of, SING ME TO SLEEP. I was taken back to my school days, living them through Beth and Scott. Many faces came to mind of past schoolmates. Kids today need to hear this story, as do teachers and parents. SING ME TO SLEEP is filled with trials, and tribulations, as well as friendship, love, hope and faith. It was moving, gripping and intense. It set me on an emotional rollercoaster from the very first line to the very last! I have never experience a book such as SING ME TO SLEEP where I sensed what direction the author was taking the characters early on, then doubted my decision several times, then was blown away by the final chapters. This morning after the kids left for school and my husband for work, I sat down in the living room to read the remaining seventy pages. God must have known I would need the solitude. I began to read and couldn't put it down. There were moments where I was chocked up but I kept reading, absorbing every word. I held back my emotions.until I got to page 291. That's were I lost it! I have never HAD to step away from a book before. After several long minutes, I was finally able to pull myself together enough to read the final pages. This was not the first time I've cried or got caught up in a book but NEVER to this capacity. I was an emotional wreck through the last three chapters. They were truly the most powerful chapters I've ever read. This book is a must read for preteen, teens, young adults, teachers, parents, and so many more. One can not help but get caught up in the lives of these characters, each one beautifully done. I savored and absorbed every word, often rereading many lines because they were that good. I see "movie" written all over this book. If some producer doesn't snatch it up, they'll be missing a great opportunity. Watch out, Nicholas Sparks.
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry so much. Definitely is making to my top 10 best books that i've read this year. I have to thank from my heart to my friend, Andreea, for discover this book and made me read it. This book is the best. I have to say that the first two chapters didn't convinced me, make me wonder if i want to continue reading this book. But, after chapter 3, OMG, mind blowing. The way the author has the gift to describe events, actions, love, is the best. People, i think, when they read this book compare it with #TFIOS, but it is nothing alike. True, has some similarities, but is way more different and way more best. The love between Beth and Derek, god, i wish i had that love, that respect, that affection. Yes, of course that i suspect Derek the whole time being a tricker, that is manipulate Beth in a bad way, but i was so wrong. And i'm glad for that. I still am a little upset on him for lying Beth so much, but i get his reasons. He wanted something real, for once. Beth... I kinda associated with  her. Is true, i never was bullied, but i know how it is to feel not worth it, beautiful and to question why a boy wants to be with you. And i know that i'm not the only one. :) And Scott, it is the type of true friend. Never let's go on Beth, always saving her, be with her, treats her like a true queen, and loves her so much. I think he is the only person that knows Beth better then her self. And also, he's so good looking. What can possibly you want more from him? I loved so much how he insisted on her, being cute and lovely and in the some time funny and goofy. That was the best part.  So if you ask me what team i am, TEAM DEREK or TEAM SCOTT...mhhh... I have to say TEAM DEREK, only because i discover him more than Scott.  Anyway, i don't wanna give to much because is more fun to go blind through this book. All you have to know is that this book is about beauty, ugliness, love, friendship and it's just caught you in his story. It pus a smile on your face when it has to, and a tear in your eyes when you think this isn't fare. It is like describing real life. And that makes her more lovely. You gonna devour it, like i did.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Hello Beauty and the Beast theme, you caught my eye yet again, haven't you? So, aside from the cover, to which I think I've seen it before on another book. Its cute and all but still. Anyway, this one was sad, writing especially was what I liked it about mostly, the characters were good to just okay. And that ending. At times it did get a little slow paced. Good read.
catweber More than 1 year ago
This book will touch your heart in so many places it will hurt. A beautiful story with many layers. A girl's first love,school bullying, genetic diseases, a steadfast friend, a love for music; all interwoven  Into a story tgah will make you laugh, make you mad, make you sigh, and finally make you cry. Bravo
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Why cant books today be like this?????? I dont get it!!!! Its all about vampires. I want kore books like this!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okat the beginning was good middle kinda boring... but i stuck with it bc the end kept me waiting. I knew wha was going to happen.. but i didnt expet the outcome to hit me so hard. I havent cried so much in a long time. I really needed it. What a great book. 237 pages.
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When I first borrowed this book from the library, I was captured by the cover. It seemed a little cliche but I grew to love it. The main character is known as a beast and sings as an alto in her choir, though no one knows her potential of being a soloist. When problems arise in the group, she is transformed from Beast to Beauty. At their competition, Beth captures the eye of a male group's soloist who is head over heels for her voice. He of course is much more of a bad boy than expected, but once again, very cliche. Their relationship had it's limits when Derek always seems to be disappearing and hiding something... This book had me sobbing at 1 A.M. because I couldn't find it in me to set the book down to sleep. Definitely a recommended book and one that other hopeless romantics should read.
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Alice Wang More than 1 year ago
Had me in tears! I really wish that it hadn't ended the way it did. I prefer happily ever afters, though the book was very realistic the ending was so terrible but beautifully written.
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IJUSTLOVEBOOKS More than 1 year ago
This book is probably one of my favorites. The main character, Beth, is so relatable! It broke my heart that Beth never truly chose Scott...by the way, Scott is amazing, and if I was Beth I would totally be in love with him. But anyway, this book is amazing and lovely and heartbreaking all wrapped into one! Please read this...like go buy it now.
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Caroline Miele More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read LOVE IT
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I have never had a book touched me in my heart the way this one did. Not only was the love beautiful, but the meaning behind it all, the selflessness of it, had me crying...literally. She has always been picked on since the day of her birth, called so many names and she took it all in. Then one day, she changed. She became something more and fell in love. Only the love did not last. So when I started reading this book I felt angry. The kids in the book were mean and vile. I felt for Beth but admired her strength and willingness to endure school everyday. She face it no matter what. Her voice is beautiful. And the way she sang that old gospel song had me lose my breath. She sung with such emotion and passion, you had to stop and listen. Finding her first love Derek is touching. You see them get along and fall in love quickly. What I failed to see was what brought them together in the first place. They both put on show for everyone but really on the inside they hide a secret. Derek's secret and fall is heartbreaking. I cried as I heard Beth sing her heart out for Derek. Her amazing strength to stand by him was beautiful. I am glad that in the end Beth had Scott. Now while this may seem strange since I'm sure some of you have not read the book but its not at all what you think. If anything I love Scott too. He did what Derek ask him since he knew what would happen. Derek knew where he stood and the selflessness he had in him to protect Beth had me crying. Scott is a good friend to Beth and they deserve each other. I can not began to tell you how you need to read this book. The love in it will leave you gasping for air. The singing will touch your heart and the sacrifice in the end will make you cry. I have never read anything like this. But I am glad sure that I did.