The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
by Victoria Williamson
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 14 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2019
Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC, Kelpies
Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost.
Under the gray Glasgow skies, twelve-year-old refugee Reema is struggling to find her place in a new country, with a new language and without her brother. But she isn't the only one feeling lost. Her Glasgwegian neighbor Caylin is lonely and lashing out. When they discover an injured fox and her cubs hiding on their estate, the girls form a wary friendship. And they are more alike than they could have imagined: they both love to run. As Reema and Caylin learn to believe again, in themselves and in others, they find friendship, freedom and the discovery that home isn't a place, it's the people you love. Heartfelt and full of hope, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is an uplifting story about the power of friendship and belonging. Inspired by her work with young asylum seekers, debut novelist Victoria Williamson's stunning story of displacement and discovery will speak to anyone who has ever asked 'where do I belong?'
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 deprived area, many of whom were asylum seekers, inspired her first novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, an uplifting tale of friendship between Glasgow girl Caylin and Syrian refugee Reema.
Average rating from 9 members
This is my new favorite book. It's a beautifully written book in three voices. One voice belongs to Caylin, a girl who is trying to cope with her alcoholic and mostly absent mother. One voice belongs to Reema, a girl who's family has fled from Syria, after suffering terribly. The third voice belongs to a female fox who has been badly injured and subsequently gives birth to a little of pups that she can't feed. All three of these voices blend together to make a story that is moving and wonderful. This is a story that everyone should read.