Tilly's Moonlight Fox by Julia Green

Tilly's Moonlight Fox

Written by Julia Green

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Fans of The Secret Garden will love this touching and sensitive story of how a young girl befriends a fox in a hidden and magical garden. Tilly has just moved house. She’s lonely especially because her mother is resting up for a new baby. Tilly and the fox explore together in a beautiful and imaginative story.

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Tilly's Moonlight Fox by Julia Green

'The fox called again. Its eerie cry echoed into the night. The sound wove in and out of the night garden, and into Tilly's dreams.' One night, awoken by a strange noise, Tilly looks out of her bedroom window and sees a wild fox watching her from the lawn. Tilly follows it through a hidden gate and is amazed to discover a secret, moonlit garden. She returns the following night but this time a young girl called Helen is already there waiting for her. Tilly is delighted to have found a new friend, but is Helen real or is she a ghost?

Beautifully illustrated throughout with black and white artwork by Paul Howard, this story is set in modern times but inspired by classics such as The Secret Garden and Tom's Midnight Garden.


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About the Author

Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath and has two sons. She writes fiction for children and young adults and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia leads creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including festivals and schools and for the Arvon foundation. She has worked as an English teacher in school, as a lecturer in FE, Higher and Adult Education, as a tutor for young people not in mainstream school; she has also been a publicity officer, a sub editor for a publishing company and a library assistant at a medical school in London. Julia’s novels for teenagers are published by Puffin and Bloomsbury and are translated into several languages. Tilly’s Moonlight Fox is her first novel for Oxford University Press.

Author photo copyright: Kim Green

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208 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th June 2012




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