Academic journal article Language Arts

Maybe a Fox

Academic journal article Language Arts

Maybe a Fox

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Maybe a Fox Written by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee Atheneum, 2016, 272 pp., ISBN 978-1-4424-8242-5

To run faster-this is 12-year-old track star Sylvie's wish. A wish she makes over and over again, tossing stones into the forbidden "Slip," an underground river near her Vermont home. Jules, her 11-year-old sister, is more cautious and deliberate; her passion is rock collecting. The sisters are close and share the grief of their mother's unexpected death years before by playing a question game. "What happens after you die?", they wonder. "Maybe you turn into wind. Maybe you turn into stars" (p. 38). This question takes on new meaning when Sylvie disappears after running off with a wish rock. Following Sylvie's route to figure out what happened, Jules finds a skid mark in the snow that leads into the Slip. As police and neighbors search for Sylvie, multiple narratives intertwine in this intricately plotted novel that teeters between magical realism and fantasy. …

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