A beautifully written first novel that's both exciting and moving -- with atmosphere and charm. Set initially in the UK then in Canada's frozen north amongst the Inuit people. Alex finds a white fox near her home which leads to an injured man and an amazing story. She and her explorer father travel to the Arctic to return the fox to its natural habitat and in doing so get involved in a journey to reunite an Inuit father and son. A wonderful and moving adventure story with the timeless appeal of titles like Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion. It takes on two very different cultures and countries and has prize-winning and film/tv potential.
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Mary Ellis grew up in Switzerland and at the age of eleven came to school in England. Following teacher training, Mary taught for ten years in London primary schools. The idea for The Arctic Fox came to her when transforming her classroom book corner into the Arctic -- complete with toy seals, polar bears and paintings by the children! Mary loves reading, poetry, picnics, walking in hills and dancing with her husband -- the illustrator Andy Ellis -- and daughter, Mathilda. This is her first book. Her second, Lily Dragon, is set in China and will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books in November.Review:
'An original and well pitched novel... It is a pleasure to find such a talented newcomer to children's books writing for younger reader.' Books for Keeps 'An evocative and moving story, and a convincing picture of Inuit culture.' Mail on Sunday '...hooked from the first line... a great sense of adventure.' Observer
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Book Description Collins, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110006752837