The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Victoria Williamson

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  • A stunning story of discovery and displacement that will resonate with anyone who has ever asked 'where do I belong?'
  • Inspired by debut author Victoria Williamson's work with young asylum seekers
  • The uplifting story of two girls, one a Syrian refugee, the other from Glasgow, who have more in common than they could imagine

Twelve-year-old refugee Reema and her Glaswegian neighbour Caylin form a unlikely friendship when they discover an injured fox. A beautiful, lyrical story of displacement and belonging from a powerful new voice in children's fiction.

Format:
paperback
Size:
198 x 130 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Kelpies
Age Range:
From 10 to 12 years
Extent:
272 pages
ISBN:
9781782504900
Publication date:
19 Apr 2018
Series:
Kelpies

Description

Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria.
Caylin runs to find what she's lost.

Under the grey Glasgow skies, twelve-year-old refugee Reema is struggling to find her place in a new country, with a new language and without her brother. But she isn't the only one feeling lost. Her Glasgwegian neighbour Caylin is lonely and lashing out.

When they discover an injured fox and her cubs hiding on their estate, the girls form a wary friendship. And they are more alike than they could have imagined: they both love to run.

As Reema and Caylin learn to believe again, in themselves and in others, they find friendship, freedom and the discovery that home isn't a place, it's the people you love.

Heartfelt and full of hope, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is an uplifting story about the power of friendship and belonging. Inspired by her work with young asylum seekers, debut novelist Victoria Williamson's stunning story of displacement and discovery will speak to anyone who has ever asked 'where do I belong?'

Reviews

'Relevant, moving and quite extraordinary.'
-- Lucy Coates, author of the Beasts of Olympus series

'A touching, thought-provoking adventure.'
-- The Bookseller

'Beautifully written, touching and inspiring.'
-- Nikki Sheehan, twice-nominated Carnegie author of Swan Boy and Goodnight, Boy

'An essential read in today's political climate.'
-- Lu Hersey, Mslexia Children's Book Award-winning author of Deep Water

'A wonderful melding of cultures -- beautiful.'
-- Clare McFall, twice winner of the Scottish Teen Book Award for Ferryman and Black Cairn Point

'A well-crafted, sensitively drawn debut.'
-- Rachel Hamilton, author of Louie Lets Loose

'I can't imagine a more important or inspiring message to convey in a book right now.'
-- Eloise Williams, author of Gaslight, 2017 Wales Arts Review's Children's Book of the Year

'This is a beautiful story... I was totally captivated... I just loved it and it needs to be in every primary and secondary school library.'
-- Book Lover Jo, book blogger

'[A] touching story of hope and friendship... an inspiring and moving debut novel which I would recommend for readers of 9+.'
-- Armadillo

Author

Victoria Williamson is a primary school teacher with a Master's degree in special needs education. She has worked as a science teacher and teacher trainer in Cameroon and Malawi, an English as a foreign language teacher in China, and as a special needs teacher in the UK. Victoria's experiences teaching young children in a deprived area, many of whom were asylum seekers, inspired her first novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, an uplifting tale of friendship between Glasgow girl Caylin and Syrian refugee Reema.

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