The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow
The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

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Annotation: On the morning of Gail's birthday, her shadow escapes. A lyrical, immersive and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the effect of mental health issues and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it.
Catalog Number: #210814
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Floris Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 219 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-7825-0607-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01493-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-7825-0607-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01493-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 47 When Gail's shadow disappears, she's more surprised than concerneduntil her sister's shadow disappears, too. Gail is determined to find Kay's shadow, convinced that if she does, Kay will return to her old self instead of the sad, tired person she's become since their dad left. But there are plenty of places for shadows to hide on their Scottish island, and not everyone is friendly to a lost one. This story is a delight, a quest that focuses on character while expertly handling multiple plot threads and providing a strong sense of place. Gail believes she is searching for a shadow, but her real lesson is finding her independence instead of relying on her beloved sister. Subplots focusing on protecting the island's marine life work with Ilett's creative language to craft a vivid, wild setting that mirrors the magical realism of the story. VERDICT 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.Kristin Brynsvold, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Arlington, VA
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School Library Journal (1/1/20)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 5-9

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.

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