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Foxheart



by
Claire Legrand
illustrated by
Jaime Zollars

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Greenwillow
ISBN
9780062427731
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence
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Twelve-year-old Quicksilver lives as a thief in the sleepy town of Willow-on-the-River. Then, one day, Quicksilver discovers that she can perform magic. Black-and-white illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

480

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

AR

5.5: points 13

Lexile

770L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Fantasy and magic. Dogs. Witches. Time travel. Animal familiars. Prophecies.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Twelve-year-old Quicksilver was raised in a convent and has never fit in. She is, however, an extremely stealthy thief. She secretly witnesses a stranger arrive in the middle of the night and hurt Mother Petra. Quicksilver flees for the closest town with her dog, Fox. There they meet a young boy called Sly Boots and, incredibly, an elderly, time-traveling Quicksilver. The older woman informs Quicksilver that she is a witch. Furthermore, old and young versions of herself have been traveling through time for generations to fight the evil Wolf King. Young Quicksilver, Fox, and Sly Boots are thrust into the urgent quest to destroy the Wolf King’s source of power before he annihilates the realm’s last remaining witches and probably the Star Lands themselves. The most enchanting feature of this story is the character development. At first, Quicksilver is not entirely likable. Her rebellious streak is attractive, but she is decidedly self-centered and stuck in a cycle of reciprocal bullying with another orphan. As Quicksilver’s adventure begins, readers slowly start to see her put others’ welfare before her own, all the while grumpily denying that it means anything or that she even cares. It is not until at least halfway through the book that Quicksilver honestly admits to herself that she cares about her companions. Her gradual growth over the course of the novel is a powerful triumph. Quicksilver will resonate strongly with any reader who has ever reacted to fear by building emotional walls. VERDICT A fine purchase. Recommend to fantasy readers, especially fans of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy.—Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL

Horn Book

Miserable and bullied, orphan Girl gets by on her quick wits (and her friendship with stray dog Fox) at the Convent of the White Wolf, where the girls learn about the Wolf King’s heroic Great Hunt against evil witches. But when the Wolf King himself attacks the convent one night, Girl discovers that her beliefs and what she has been taught were a lie. She and Fox escape and join up with a boy, clumsy Sly Boots, who needs help curing his parents of a curse. Renaming herself Quicksilver, Girl leaves the world she knows behind when an ancient witch (the elder version of herself, in fact) takes them backwards in time to an era in which magic abounded. The group embarks on a quest to destroy seven animal skeletons linked to the Wolf King’s power. Snappy dialogue and creative fantasy elements— bloodthirsty unicorns, a dragon who collects teapots and is scared of ghosts—will delight seasoned fantasy readers, while the power of the friendship between Girl and Fox gives the story depth. The pace lags in a few places, but the slow moments soon give way to excitement and make the book well worth the nearly five-hundred-page commitment. sarah berman

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Twelve-year-old Quicksilver was raised in a convent and has never fit in. She is, however, an extremely stealthy thief. She secretly witnesses a stranger arrive in the middle of the night and hurt Mother Petra. Quicksilver flees for the closest town with her dog, Fox. There they meet a young boy called Sly Boots and, incredibly, an elderly, time-traveling Quicksilver. The older woman informs Quicksilver that she is a witch. Furthermore, old and young versions of herself have been traveling through time for generations to fight the evil Wolf King. Young Quicksilver, Fox, and Sly Boots are thrust into the urgent quest to destroy the Wolf King’s source of power before he annihilates the realm’s last remaining witches and probably the Star Lands themselves. The most enchanting feature of this story is the character development. At first, Quicksilver is not entirely likable. Her rebellious streak is attractive, but she is decidedly self-centered and stuck in a cycle of reciprocal bullying with another orphan. As Quicksilver’s adventure begins, readers slowly start to see her put others’ welfare before her own, all the while grumpily denying that it means anything or that she even cares. It is not until at least halfway through the book that Quicksilver honestly admits to herself that she cares about her companions. Her gradual growth over the course of the novel is a powerful triumph. Quicksilver will resonate strongly with any reader who has ever reacted to fear by building emotional walls. VERDICT A fine purchase. Recommend to fantasy readers, especially fans of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy.—Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL

Horn Book

Miserable and bullied, orphan Girl gets by on her quick wits (and her friendship with stray dog Fox) at the Convent of the White Wolf, where the girls learn about the Wolf King’s heroic Great Hunt against evil witches. But when the Wolf King himself attacks the convent one night, Girl discovers that her beliefs and what she has been taught were a lie. She and Fox escape and join up with a boy, clumsy Sly Boots, who needs help curing his parents of a curse. Renaming herself Quicksilver, Girl leaves the world she knows behind when an ancient witch (the elder version of herself, in fact) takes them backwards in time to an era in which magic abounded. The group embarks on a quest to destroy seven animal skeletons linked to the Wolf King’s power. Snappy dialogue and creative fantasy elements— bloodthirsty unicorns, a dragon who collects teapots and is scared of ghosts—will delight seasoned fantasy readers, while the power of the friendship between Girl and Fox gives the story depth. The pace lags in a few places, but the slow moments soon give way to excitement and make the book well worth the nearly five-hundred-page commitment. sarah berman

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