This is a fantastic book by a great author.
This book is about a girl called Connie who gets sent by her parents to live with her strange aunt in a village called Hescombe. Something is up in the village as sailors are going missing on the sea. Connie's aunt belongs to a society to try and save the people of Hescombe from being killed by going out to sea, or so Connie thinks!
Connie has the amazing ability to talk to all animals and when people in the society pick up on this they get Connie to do a test. It turns out that Connie is a universal so she can talk to all animals and has a special bond with them. But the society isn't what Connie thinks it is, it is actually a Society to help mythological Creatures that live even today. Most people in the society can only communicate with one group of animals however Connie can communicate with them all. Universals are very rare and they are worshiped by the other people in the society.
The sailors dying out at sea are actually hearing sirens - a Greek mythological creature - that sings such beautiful songs that mortals jump out of their boats and into the sea. Can Connie and the Society save the mortals from the sirens or not? Read this fantastic book to find out. I really like this book and give it a 7 out of 10.