JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
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?
(Ages 10 to 13 years)
“Victoria shapes her story chapter by chapter like cleaving, sawing, bruting, and polishing a rough diamond. Every chapter outshines the previous one. Please don't miss The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle.... A very special book by a very special person who embraces cultures and beliefs that are not hers and most importantly has chosen to give voice to the vulnerable through her debut children's novel.”—Books and Beyond
“This is the most wonderful story of survival, courage, and a developing friendship between two very different girls.... Woven over the ''issues'' is a terrific story of a developing friendship, and by the final chapters I was on the edge of my seat and breathless to find out how the various strands of the narrative would end.... A must-have.”—View From the Bookshelves
“This story is a delightfully nuanced, diverse, thoughtful and even fun/cute story of friendship and learning to be a good person. The ending works with the rest of the feel-good story. Really great for anyone who loves a great story of friendship.”—Youth Services Book Review, starred review
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 the UK. Victoria's experiences teaching young children in a deprived area, many of whom were asylum seekers, inspired her first novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, an uplifting tale of friendship between Glasgow girl Caylin and Syrian refugee Reema.