Leila and the Blue Fox: An enthralling, uplifting adventure story from the creators of JULIA AND THE SHARK

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Leila and the Blue Fox: An enthralling, uplifting adventure story from the creators of JULIA AND THE SHARK

Leila and the Blue Fox: An enthralling, uplifting adventure story from the creators of JULIA AND THE SHARK

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Throughout this story, we are able to see the journey of a child getting to reconnect with her mother and the development in their relationship, as well getting taken on the journey of a young artic fox, forced to journey thousands of miles to ensure their survival. Kiran cleverly takes the journey of a fox, Miso in this story and tells it parallel to the healing journey of a mother and daughter as they track the fox.

To Julia and the reader her behaviour is disturbing and irrational, until it is revealed that she is bipolar. From the husband and wife team who created the award winning Julia and the Shark, comes another middle grade book in much the same style. A grueling track made out of necessity for this brave little fox to survive after its home was destroyed by climat change. Mainly, set on a boat in the Arctic Circle, this book is perfect for ages 8-11 who like heartwarming adventure stories.I really liked the story parallel between Leila’s migration/flight from Syria to the UK and Miso the fox’s migration/flight from northern Norway to Canada. Alongside the stories of these journeys, the ever-changing issues of climate change, migration, immigration and mental health are also explored.

Her work has been short- and long-listed for other major prizes including the Costa Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Award. Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and the fulfilment of one of her earliest ambitions: their cat, Luna. It reflects the central message of the book, that even in the deepest darkness there is always the light of hope. The reader then witnesses a healing journey across the Arctic continent – healing for all involved – and the themes of not giving up hope and finding love become clear. From bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and acclaimed illustrator Tom de Freston – the duo behind the award-winning Julia and the Shark – Leila and the Blue Fox tells the breathtaking story of one small fox’s journey across the Arctic, and one girl’s journey to find the mother she thought she’d lost.You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot!

Her mother, a marine biologist, is desperate to sight the Greenland shark, which has been sighted in the North Sea waters on its way to Norway and beyond.

This review was written by Laura Ovenden I have taught English for over 20 years in tertiary, secondary and now primary settings. The dynamic is frayed and ever-shifting; Leila hasn't seen her mother in six years and is desperate for answers. The story speaks of real issues within the world without overpowering the tale, making it accessible to a wide range of readers.

Leila is a Syrian refugee and after six years of living apart from her Professor mother, she is leaving her new home in London to be reunited with her mother in Norway. We hear snippets about her journey from Damascus fleeing the war, but it’s her journey back to her Mother that is the most heart wrenching. Like Julia’s, Leila’s story begins with a scientist mother chasing the endangered animal she studies, and a daughter chasing after the connection with her mother she feels she’s losing. They are particularly poignant in this book because the materials he used are the ashes and fragments of destroyed frames and artwork rescued from a devasting fire in his studio.This is another fabulous story from the mind of Kiran Millwood Hargrave and stunning illustrations by Tom de Freston.

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