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Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. 261 p. A Caitlyn Blouhy Book/ Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, March 8, 2016. 9781442482425.
Publisher synopsis: 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.
First Line: From under her covers, Jules Sherman listened for her sister Sylvie to walk out of their room.
Page 56: The woods felt quiet. Too quiet.
Then, in the very thick of the silence, Jules heard the quick, high-pitched cry of a fox. She recognized it immediately. There was no other sound like it, a "vixen's cry," was what Mrs. Harless called it.
A fox! Foxes meant luck.
This is shaping up to be one of those gems I give to my students who love sad books. You know you have them. They are usually fifth or sixth graders but, seventh and eighth graders might admit to it. And, if you listen carefully enough, there are quite a few boys.