Reader Reviewed Maybe a Fox by Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt

Maybe a Fox

Written by Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt

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Rich in atmosphere, the clever intertwining of two stories, one human and one animal, gives a new way of exploring grief in this magical realism story. Jules and Sylvie. Sisters together and forever. But then Sylvie disappears playing by the Slip, a dangerous spot in the river at the end of their garden. Jules’s powerful wishes and her cries for help as she tries to find answers to where her sister has gone are heard by a young fox cub born with a gift from human understanding. Can the coming together of the two provide some answers? A moving story which is ultimately full of hope. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emily Golding, age 9 - 'You will cry, race, play and love as the story of Jules, Sylvie and Senna is absolutely enthralling.  Time was suspended as I read this book and despite the fact that it made me cry, I loved it.'
  • Amina Hassan, age 10 - 'Awesome. Spellbounding. Magical. Mysterious...Dive in and most importantly enjoy it.'
  • Miyah Smith, age 11 - 'An emotional and fantastic book that was really good to read, yet heartbreakingly sad.'
  • Ella Spikker, age 11 - 'an amazing book about mystery, sadness, love and hope that shouldn't be altered or edited.'
  • Anastasia Abdian, age 12 - 'This is a very good book with adventurous elements. This is a must read!'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'the storyline had me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it to 10+ readers who enjoy a bit of mystery and magic.'
  • Charlotte Cassidy, age 11 - 'A heart-warming lovely story that almost brought me to tears at the end.'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 9 - 'Maybe a Fox is a different book to the sort that I usually read but I enjoyed it. The book is quite sad in parts but it has a nice message.'


Maybe a Fox by Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt

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.


[...] 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

About the Author

Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt

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, ByeBye 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

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272 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2016




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