There is a fox who lives in the meadow near my house, a thick-coated, bright-eyed, bold-as-brass creature. He pads through the length of our garden, nimbly jumps over the fence to the meadow and sits waiting for it to empty of dog-walkers so he can return to his den. Our neighbour used to feed his predecessor, whose back half was mottled by mange, but this young fellow appears to have taken over the old territory; my neighbour still leaves out snacks to help him through the winter. You can watch him wandering here.
Needless to say, I really like foxes.
So when Walker Books told me about a new book coming out about fox spirits and sisters, I knew I had to read it.
Maybe a Fox follows sisters Sylvie and Jules, the runner and the geologist. One day, Sylvie runs too far and is lost to the river. At the exact same moment, Senna the fox cub is born.
Next door lives Sam Porter and his brother Elk, newly returned from the war overseas without his best friend Zeke. While Elk wants to find comfort in Zeke’s passing, Sam just wants to find a puma.
And then there’s that bear that keeps hanging around.
This is a beautiful and delicate magical-realism novel about life, death and grief, told in chapters alternating between the voices of Jules, Senna and Sam. I absolutely loved it. It would be suitable for children aged 10+ to read solo, but I’m sure that younger readers would benefit if read with their parents.
Interested? Buy it here.
What to read next:
- The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Thank you to Walker Books for sending me a copy of Maybe a Fox.