The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow


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$9.95  $9.15
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5.1 X 7.8 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the 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.


'Gail is a great heroine [and] a Scottish island is the perfect setting for a mysterious story of love, loss and courage.'
- Youth Services Book Review, 4.5 stars

'This story is a delight, a quest that focuses on character while expertly handling multiple plot threads and providing a strong sense of place... Ilett's debut is full of feeling: the comfort of a folktale, the dazzle of the magical, and the trials and triumphs of life. Gail is a true heroine, and the world of children's literature is lucky to have her.'
- School Library Journal, Starred Review

'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

'This book is littered with descriptive phrases that really paint a picture of a wonderful setting. This is a lovely book that covers a sensitive issue that perhaps not many others would like to write about.'
- NetGalley Reviewer

'A touching story.'
- NetGalley Educator

'Pacey and pertinent, 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

'An entertaining and original novel showcasing the power of courage and friendship.'
- Midwest Book Review