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Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever.

Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they’d be identical twins if only they’d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn’t such a fast—faster than fast—runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they’re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever.

At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. She’s too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide.

Writing in alternate voices—one Jules’s, the other the fox’s—Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on March 8, 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-10: 1442482427
ISBN-13: 9781442482425
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  • pusheenfan101
    pusheenfan101Monday, April 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm33 stars
    This book was not what I would expect from the title, but that’s for a good thing. A girl named Jules lives with her father and older sister, Sylvie, who is 12. (Jules is 11) Near their house is a cave that gushes water at very high spades, and if you slip into it, you will fall into what they call the Slip, and die. That is what happened to Sylvie on a snowy weekday in Vermont. I totally recommend this book if you love unexpected plots!
    • mererod
      mererodFriday, January 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm55 stars
      My two boys (2nd and 4th grade) and I listened to this on tape, read by the author. It was amazing! It is a beautiful story of love and loss and has so much rich language.
      • AutumnTuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm
        it has a sad ending, but is my favorite book