The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

Emily Ilett

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  • A poignant and emotionally intelligent middle-grade novel about the effect of depression on a loved one, and losing one's sense of self
  • Emily Ilett, winner of the 2017 Kelpies Prize, is an arresting, vital new voice in children's literature
  • A beautifully written, lyrical story which blends real-life issues with a hint of fantasy, making it perfect for readers aged 10 and up

On the morning of Gail's birthday, her shadow escapes. A lyrical, immersive and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the effect of mental health issues and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it.

Format:
paperback
Size:
198 x 130 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Kelpies
Age Range:
From 10 to 12 years
Extent:
224 pages
ISBN:
9781782506072
Publication date:
26 Sep 2019
Series:
Kelpies

Description

"Shadows were meant to stay stuck, like ears and promises."

On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shadow slip under the kitchen door. She's not surprised it decided to leave. Her dad has gone for good. Her big sister Kay, once Gail's best friend, has disappeared into sadness -- and now her shadow has left too.

Determined to make things right, Gail chases after the shadows. But her adventures take her to unexpected places and she soon discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and that she's not the only one looking for something missing...

In a world of light and shadow, despair and hope sit side by side. Can Gail recover what the sisters have lost?

A lyrical, immersive, and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the power of friendship, and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it. Emily Ilett, winner of the 2017 Kelpies Prize, is an arresting, vital new voice in children's literature.

Reviews

'Fluent and sophisticated storytelling combine with precise sensory detail and a tangible sense of place; characters both human and non- are real, multidimensional, and sympathetic. Even the shadows of petrels and the rocks themselves come to life. Ilett blends magic and reality so deftly that one can be mistaken for the other; both have a sharp, briny tang of the sea. Gail's ultimate triumph feels real and hard-earned... Fantastic in both senses of the word.'
-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

'Emily Illet's debut engages the reader with adventure, riddles, an array of outlandish characters and a real heroine. A lyrical, heart-warming adventure.'
-- Joan Lennon

'It is a unique and original story, striking a delicate balance between addressing real-life issues, from poaching to mental health, and creating a beguiling magical world... Like taking a swim in the Atlantic, you’ll find depth, darkness -- and plenty of sparkle.'
-- Roaring Reads

'Combining fantasy and realism, this is a beautifully written, gripping tale full of danger, loss, hope, friendship and the strength of sisterhood.'
-- Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reads

Author

Emily Ilett studied at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow and now works at the Glasgow Women's Library. She was awarded the Mairi Hedderwick Writing for Children Bursary from Moniack Mhor in 2015, and was Children's Writer in Residence at Wigtown Book Festival the same year. The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow, her first novel, won the Kelpies Prize in 2017.

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