White Fox – Chen Jiatong

Published by Chicken House

This lovely story, translated from Chinese and published here in 2019, tells the story of Dilah, an Arctic fox who longs to become human. Following the death of his parents he takes the moonstone that his mother gave to him as she lay dying telling him to use it to find Ulla’s secret treasure. What follows is a journey that sees Dilah making new friends, and confronting fear and death whilst he discovers courage, resilience and loyalty. The book finishes quite abruptly but a message from the author reassures the reader that more is revealed in a second book – White Fox in the Forest

The language is simple, with beautiful and evocative descriptions of different settings. This is a story for middle grade readers who enjoy fantasy stories about animals, quests and discovery.