Nominated by: Kirsty Crommie (@KCrommie), Primary Teacher and by Jayne Gould (@JayneG60), Primary School Librarian
Kirsty Says: "The Fox and the White Gazelle is a glorious and inspiring, if sometimes heartbreaking, story of the power of hope, understanding and friendship. Set in Glasgow the story is told from the point of view of the two main characters - Caylin, a school bully who we soon discovering is fighting a battle of her own and Reema, a Syrian refugee who is trying to fit in to a new country with a new language, far from all she has ever known. Over the course of the book the girls form an uneasy bond, neither of them feeling like they fit in. Their friendship develops through a shared love of running and of the discovery of a litter of fox cubs who they endeavour to look after. The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is a masterful piece of writing which exhibits themes of friendship, belonging, empathy, understanding and, most of all, hope. This is a book that deserves to be read by older primary school children and beyond. It is a book that forces us to look inside ourselves and reassess how we could all be a little bit kinder and a little bit more understanding. Beautifully written and essential reading."
Jayne Says: "Twelve year old Caylin is lonely and, with her mother ill, struggling to cope at home but determined not to tell anyone. When she discovers an injured fox and her newborn cubs, she is determined to help them and fiercely guards her secret. Then Reema and her family, refugees from the war in Syria, move into the flat below Caylin’s. Reema also feels completely lost, trying to settle in a strange country whilst facing hostility. The girls strike up a wary friendship, cemented by their care for the fox family and a shared love of running. Tackling a range of issues with a light touch, this is an inspiring and moving debut novel recommend for readers of 9+."