5 1/8" x 7 3/4"
Published: February 2020
“Shadows were meant to stay stuck, like ears and promises.”
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 she soon discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and that she's not the only one looking for something missing...
Despair and hope sit side by side in a world of light and shadow. 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.
Ages 11 – 15 years)