Maybe a Fox

By Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt

Worlds collide spectacularly when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub ... and what happens when one sister disappears.

Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends. Jules’ favourite thing is collecting rocks, and Sylvie’s is running – fast. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the most dangerous part of the river one snowy morning to throw in a wish rock, she is so fast that no one sees what happens when she disappears. At that very moment, in another part of the woods, a shadow fox is born: half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She, too, is fast, and she senses danger. When Jules goes to throw one last wish rock into the river for her lost sister, the human and shadow worlds collide with unexpected consequences. Written in alternate voices – one Jules, the other the fox – this searingly beautiful tale tells of one small family’s moment of heartbreak as it unfolds into something epic, mythic, shimmering and, most of all, hopeful.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 10+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406372892
  • Published: 03 Nov 2016
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 272

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Customer reviews


'[...] gently beautiful story [...] So tenderly written, with the woods of Vermont and its creatures conjured as the human characters, this is the perfect book for 10-year-olds-plus to curl up with on a winter's night.' The Belfast Telegraph

'an intriguing tale of loss' The Herald

'So tenderly written, this is the perfect book of 10-year-olds plus to curl up with on a winter's night.' Gloucestershire Echo

'a stunning book about grief, loss and a fox that will no doubt win many prestigious awards. Grab the tissues; this is a heart-wrenching, magical read.' Sunday Independent, Dublin

'“[…] a sweet story of loss and grief with old legends of spirit animals in a deceptively simple and beautifully written novel. […] The writing is simple but evocative and brings the power of nature to life as well as the strength of the emotions and the love between the girls and their father. […] The pace of the story keeps the reader immersed despite the weighty issues and soon Jules and Sylvie’s story, as well as storylines from their friends, merges with the story of Senna and the animal world to a satisfying denouement.” ' The School Librarian

'“This is a quiet and touching story about a girl learning to cope with the loss of her sister, told through alternating perspectives between her, the fox and her friend Sam.”' BookTrust

'“A beautifully written, original book which will linger long in the memory.”' Carousel

'“Patient and compelling, with poetic language and vivid descriptions, while there is much sorrow, it is also a story that is quietly triumphant and filled with hope. Simply wonderful!”' Fallen Star Stories

'The story focuses on families, grief and loss, yet there is hope in the strength of relationships and a new beginning. A magical, beautifully written story that will stay with the reader.' Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

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