March 10, 2020

#BookReview: The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow by Emily Ilett


Synopsis: A lyrical, poignant story, beautifully and originally written, about the ripple effects of a loved one's depression and losing and regaining one's sense of self.
On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shadow slip under the kitchen door. She's not surprised it decided to leave. Her dad has gone for good. Her big sister Kay, once Gail's best friend, has disappeared into sadness – and now her shadow has left too.

Determined to make things right, Gail chases after the shadows. But her adventures take her to unexpected places and Gail discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and she's not the only one looking for something missing...

In a world of light and shadow, despair and hope sit side by side. Can Gail recover what the sisters have lost?

A lyrical, immersive, and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the power of friendship, and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it. Emily Ilett, winner of the 2017 Kelpies Prize, is an arresting, vital new voice in children's literature.


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Rating: ★★★
My Review: This one had a pretty good premise but when I started reading I found myself being somewhat bored and a little confused.  I loved the idea of storms and souls but the execution was a little off.  The characters were pretty good as well and the pacing wasn't to bad.  But it just felt like it needed more polish.  








'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
'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
'Pacey and pertinent, 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









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