Maybe a Fox

Author(s): Kathi Appelt

Middle Fiction


Worlds collide in a spectacular way 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 of the sisters disappears forever.

Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they'd be identical twins if only they'd been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn't such a fast--faster than fast--runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they're not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens...and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that--like their mother--her sister is gone forever.

At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born--half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast--faster than fast--and she senses danger. She's too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide.

Told in alternate voices--one Jules's, the other the fox's--Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family's moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

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[...] 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 in 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

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Keeper, and many picture books, including Counting Crows. She has two grown-up children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. Visit her at Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Firefly Hollow, Little Boy, So Many Days, Bye-Bye Crib, A Very Brave Witch, and the Bink and Gollie books, which are co-written with Kate DiCamillo. Her other children's books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea and Snap. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota; you can visit her at

General Fields

  • : 9781406372892
  • : Walker Books, Limited
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : 0.219
  • : October 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kathi Appelt
  • : Paperback
  • : 317
  • : en
  • : [Fic]
  • : Children's - Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
  • : 272