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Leila and the Blue Fox: The perfect gift for every child!

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Guess that’s the thing with Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s writing as well: no matter how frustrated it leaves you, it also seems to always make (some kind of) sense? Deliveries to destinations outside Australia are made by DHL courier, and cannot be made to post office boxes.

A really touching story following Syrian born Leila as she joins her mother on an expedition to track a rare blue fox. Your words, like your reviews, bring books to life and give them a voice before the front cover is even turned.Very happy about my signed copy from my local Waterstones with the little paw prints along the edges.

Leila's and Miso’s stories are intertwined - both are lost, have hope, don’t give up and find love in the end. Through de Freston’s illustrations the polar bears appear more menacing, the landscape appears more isolated, and the Arctic fox appears more determined. The moral behind this was so meaningful and the writing of explaining the landscape simply beautiful.Her work has been short- and long-listed for other major prizes including the Costa Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Award. Again, we have stunning (equally layered) illustrations with the single accent-colour, to bring the story and atmosphere to life. Then Miso and Leila’s worlds meet, in an icy, treacherous environment, and Leila needs to make a brave, dangerous decision.

Every primary and secondary school library should have multiple copies of the MG or YA work by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Leila and the Blue Fox is a complete standalone story, but takes all the elements that made Julia so great, and builts upon it.Her debut YA novel The Deathless Girls was published in 2019, and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, and long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Another beautifully told and illustrated story that explores really important themes that will tug at your heartstrings. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first.

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