Thursday, April 7, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt

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     Jules adores her older-by-one year sister, Sylvie.  

Sylvia: beautiful like their mother.
Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families.
Sylvie: faster than fast

Sylvie: gone.

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born.  A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one.  From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone--Jules.

Jules: steadfast like her father.
Jules: supreme maker of tiny snow foxes.
Jules: collector of rocks.

Jules: heartbroken.

Who is this Jules?  Who is this Sylvie she cries out for?  And why does the air still prickle with something unsettled?  As that dark unknown grows, the fates of the girl Jules and the fox cub, laced together with wishes and shadowy ties, are about to collide.

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