The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

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Product Details
Price
$9.95  $9.25
Publisher
Kelpies
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781782504900

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About the 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 school where many families were seeking asylum, inspired her debut novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, an uplifting tale of friendship between Glasgow girl Caylin and Syrian refugee Reema.
Reviews

'I love both these girls. They are so different, yet so alike. They both have struggles which are compounded by not having a soul to share them with. Once they decide to lower their walls, they end up helping each other rise to make their struggles more bearable and become a better person.'
- Kiss the Book

'This is the most wonderful story of survival, courage, and a developing friendship between two very different girls... Woven over the ''issues'' is a terrific story of a developing friendship, and by the final chapters I was on the edge of my seat and breathless to find out how the various strands of the narrative would end... A must-have.'
- View From the Bookshelves

'Victoria shapes her story chapter by chapter like cleaving, sawing, bruting and polishing a rough diamond. Every chapter outshines the previous one. Please don't miss The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle... A very special book by a very special person who embraces cultures and beliefs that are not hers and most importantly has chosen to give voice to the vulnerable through her debut children's novel.'
- Books and Beyond

'Told from alternating perspectives the author does an excellent job of creating believable characters that demonstrate realistic pre-teen behaviors... Victoria Williamson has created a book in which everyone can see a piece of themselves in each character, a mark of a very gifted story teller.'
- The Children's Book Review

'A really nice story of friendship, belonging, freedom, and hope. Very well done.'
- Reading by the Pond

'Williamson allows readers to quickly relate to both white Glaswegian Caylin and Syrian-immigrant Reema, seeing in them reflections of the many problems children face around the world today. Her writing is culturally sensitive [�] With her two characters, Williamson movingly makes it clear that working-class solidarity traverses borders, race, ethnicity, and religion.' (Fiction. 10-15)
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

'This story is a delightfully nuanced, diverse, thoughtful and even fun/cute story of friendship and learning to be a good person. The ending works with the rest of the feel-good story. Really great for anyone who loves a great story of friendship.'
- Youth Services Book Review, starred review

'An inherently entertaining and compelling read from first page to last, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school and community library General Fiction collections for young readers ages 10 to 12.'
- Midwest Book Review

A very special book by a very special person who embraces cultures and beliefs that are not hers and most importantly has chosen to give voice to the vulnerable through her debut children's novel.'
- Books and Beyond

'Difficult themes (war, death, bigotry, alcoholism, bullying) are treated honestly, in a manner appropriate for the� Target age (10-12). It's a moving story told in alternating perspectives.'
- Monika Durbin, Edelweiss

'I was really impressed with this novel and taken on quite an emotional ride throughout the course of it. [This] is a story of friendship and of the healing that it can bring and it is definitely one worth reading.'
- NetGalley Reviewer

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