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On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shadow slip under the kitchen door. She's not surprised it decided to leave. Her dad has gone for good. Her big sister Kay, once Gail's best friend, has disappeared into sadness – and now her shadow has left too.
Determined to make things right, Gail chases after the shadows. But her adventures take her to unexpected places and Gail discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and she's not the only one looking for something missing...
In a world of light and shadow, despair and hope sit side by side. Can Gail recover what the sisters have lost?
A lyrical, immersive, and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the power of friendship, and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it. Emily Ilett, winner of the 2017 Kelpies Prize, is an arresting, vital new voice in children's literature.
"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 STARRED REVIEW
"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