Maybe a fox by ,

From under her covers, Jules Sherman listened for her sister, Sylvie, to walk out of their room.
–Kathi Appelt & Alison McGhee - Maybe a fox - c.2016

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born. A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one. From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone—Jules. (from goodreads)

Oh my god, you guys, this book is so sad!

Beautiful and wonderful, but so, so sad. I almost had to skim read the ending because I was on the train and didn’t want to cry in public.

I picked it up because the cover is beautiful, and the blurb sounded interesting, and I’d read a book by Kathi Appelt before and really enjoyed it1. It was an impulse read and I’m so glad I picked it up.

It tells the story of Sylvie and Jules, two sisters who are very different. But very close. Their mother died suddenly, Jules’ memory of her is fading, but Sylvie remember almost everything. They’re dealing with that grief and that absence when Sylvie disappears and Jules is left behind.

And then there is Senna, a little fox cub born in the woods near the Sherman property. She is drawn to Jules for some reason.

It is just a lovely book. And although it does deal with some heavy topics, death and grief, it does so in such a beautiful way. I would highly recommend this book. Especially to any fox fans out there. Just be prepared for tears.


  1. <a href="http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/04/the-underneath/">The Underneath</a> 

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4 Responses

  1. The cover illustration drew me right in, but I don’t much like/need sad these days (fighting cancer) so I think I’ll skip it. I do have her other book you reviewed on hold at the library.

    • Fence says:

      It was the cover that really prompted me to pick it up too. Although, foxes are often enough to help me consider reading a book, so having that title didn’t hurt.

      I can totally understand not wanting to read sad books at the moment. Wishing you the best in the fight, sorry that you have to go through that.

  2. I read THE UNDERNEATH and liked it a lot. I still don’t think I’ll try MAYBE A FOX.

    • Fence says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’m a sucker for animal books but I know that they aren’t to everyone’s taste.

      And I totally understand why you’d avoid Maybe A Fox.