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The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Victoria Williamson


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 272 pages ISBN: 9781782504917 Publication date: 19th April 2018
Genres: School, Uncategorized Theme: Empathy Ideal for ages: 10, 11 and 12
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?'


'Compelling and beautiful.'
-- The Book Search, blog

'Relevant, moving and quite extraordinary.'
-- Lucy Coates, author of the Beasts of Olympus series

'A touching, thought-provoking adventure.'
-- The Bookseller

'Beautifully written, touching and inspiring.'
-- Nikki Sheehan, twice-nominated Carnegie author of Swan Boy and Goodnight, Boy

'An essential read in today's political climate.'
-- Lu Hersey, Mslexia Children's Book Award-winning author of Deep Water

'A wonderful melding of cultures -- beautiful.'
-- Clare McFall, twice winner of the Scottish Teen Book Award for Ferryman and Black Cairn Point

'A well-crafted, sensitively drawn debut.'
-- Rachel Hamilton, author of Louie Lets Loose

'I can't imagine a more important or inspiring message to convey in a book right now.'
-- Eloise Williams, author of Gaslight, 2017 Wales Arts Review's Children's Book of the Year

'This is a beautiful story... I was totally captivated... I just loved it and it needs to be in every primary and secondary school library.'
-- Book Lover Jo, book blogger

'[A] touching story of hope and friendship... an inspiring and moving debut novel which I would recommend for readers of 9+.'
-- Armadillo

'Difficult themes (war, death, bigotry, alcoholism, bullying) are treated honestly, in a manner appropriate for the... target age (10-12). It's a moving story told in alternating perspectives...’
-- Monika Durbin, Edelweiss

'An inherently entertaining and compelling read from first page to last, 'The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle' will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school and community library General Fiction collections for young readers ages 10 to 12.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'An exciting story about new families, new friends and new starts. It shows that ‘home’ can mean lots of different things to different people.'
-- Scoop magazine

Fox Girl and the White Gazelle


Victoria Williamson is a primary school teacher with a Master’s degree in special needs education. She has worked as a science teacher and teacher trainer in Cameroon and Malawi, an English as a foreign language teacher in China, and as a special needs teacher in…

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