The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost. Under the grey 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 neighbour 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?'

My Thoughts


This book hits the ground running and keeps you gripped to the last page. The characters are great - feisty and brave with valid insecurities and gruelling life experiences.

Reema gives the reader a moving insight into the life of a child refugee; I learnt things I didn't know and was forced to address a few things I just hadn't considered before. Caylin - a bully - is well drawn and complex and I enjoyed seeing her vulnerable side which was completely authentic.

The novel comes with a message - something that sometimes puts me off books - but this one is important, relevant and necessary and told within a great story.

A sometimes uncomfortable but ultimately uplifting book that anybody would enjoy and everybody should read.

My copy of The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

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ps. Since I posted this review my thirteen year old daughter has read The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle and she was gripped! She adored the story, was begging me to tell her the conclusion which - when she got there - she loved. It led to some interesting and important family conversations over supper too.  What more could you ask from a children's novel? (Hence it's my May book of the month!)



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