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The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

Emily Ilett


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 224 pages ISBN: 9781782506218 Publication date: 26th September 2019
Genre: Uncategorized Theme: Empathy Ideal for ages: 10, 11 and 12
Gail used to be close to her big sister. But lately Kay has changed: she's sad and quiet, and Gail has no idea how to help.
But when Kay's shadow slips away as well, Gail knows she must bring the shadows back.
Gathering her courage, Gail chases the shadows through caves and forests, discovering maps, a pearl and an unexpected new friend who can speak to birds.
Can she find what the shadows are seeking?


'Gail is a great heroine [and] a Scottish island is the perfect setting for a mysterious story of love, loss and courage.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 4.5 stars

'Even though it is a fantasy with magical creatures, it is really about family relationships and dealing with depression. It is a moving and exciting read.'
-- Teen Titles

'This story is a delight, a quest that focuses on character while expertly handling multiple plot threads and providing a strong sense of place...
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.'
-- School Library Journal, Starred Review

'There's a pleasing lyricism to this Scottish import, its quietly lovely prose and magical realist elements supporting Gail’s emotional journey as she rediscovers and honors the bond between sisters... The characters' love and care for the precious natural world around them highlights the synergy between environmental and familial ecologies, making this a good choice for fans of Hawkins' Journey’s End.'
-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Illinois)

'Fluent and sophisticated storytelling combine with precise sensory detail and a tangible sense of place; characters both human and non- are real, multidimensional, and sympathetic. Even the shadows of petrels and the rocks themselves come to life. Ilett blends magic and reality so deftly that one can be mistaken for the other; both have a sharp, briny tang of the sea. Gail's ultimate triumph feels real and hard-earned... Fantastic in both senses of the word.'
-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

'Emily Illet's debut engages the reader with adventure, riddles, an array of outlandish characters and a real heroine. A lyrical, heart-warming adventure.'
-- Joan Lennon

'It is a unique and original story, striking a delicate balance between addressing real-life issues, from poaching to mental health, and creating a beguiling magical world... Like taking a swim in the Atlantic, you’ll find depth, darkness -- and plenty of sparkle.'
-- Roaring Reads

'Combining fantasy and realism, this is a beautifully written, gripping tale full of danger, loss, hope, friendship and the strength of sisterhood.'
-- Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reads

'An entertaining and original novel showcasing the power of courage and friendship.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'[A] very good story about love, life, loss and family. The characters will reach our youth with their search for self.'
-- NetGalley Librarian

'I enjoyed this book. It has a very strong vibe to it and artfully uses magical realism in a middle grade story setting. It's wistful, sometimes sad, but also full of meaning, and it doesn't dawdle in its pace.'
-- NetGalley Reviewer

'A lovely book that covers a sensitive issue'
-- NetGalley Reviewer

'A touching story'
-- NetGalley Educator

Girl Who Lost Her Shadow


Emily Ilett studied at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow and now works at the Glasgow Women’s Library. She was awarded the Mairi Hedderwick Writing for Children Bursary from Moniack Mhor in 2015, and was Children’s Writer in Residence at Wigtown Book…

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