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The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A lyrical, poignant story, beautifully and originally written, about the ripple effects of a loved one's depression and losing and regaining one's sense of self.
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 disappeare
Published February 11th 2020 by Kelpies
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss

I enjoyed this book. It has a very strong vibe to it and artfully uses magical realism in a middle grade story setting. It's wistful, sometimes sad, but also full of meaning, and it doesn't dawdle in its pace.

Gail is going through a tough patch in her life. Her sister Kay has always been her pillar, but now that Kay's holed up in her room and wouldn't leave, wouldn't even eat much, Gail doesn't know what to do. Torn between being angry a

"Shadows were meant to stay stuck, like ears and promises. They weren't meant to run away. They were especially not meant to run away when it was raining. Or on your birthday.(...)"

I must admit that I started this book merely on a whim and due to its tittle. Its whimsical and let's say unusual tittle.
It's a very compelling read, that made me suspend disbelief and follow the adventure of twelve year Gail (or Gale) on her search for some missing shadows (yes, plural).
The author through a vivid
When storms come to the island, they kill people.

When one storm came, Francis' parents were out bird watching, and a tree fell on them.

But, since Francis knows that shadows, or souls, were taken by the storm, he feels that if he can find the missing shadows, and take them back, he can find his parents.

Meanwhile, Gail has lost both her and her sister's shadow, and is looking for them, and Francis just sees her as one more soul, or shadow to take. (At times it is not clear if they are one and the
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss-2020
You can find my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here.

Many thanks to Edelweiss and Kelpies for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I honestly had no idea what to expect going into this one, except that it was giving me really whimsical Peter Pan vibes. It isn't anything like that, though. Instead, this book is a deep, emotional romp about two sisters who would do anything for each other, who are both growing up and growing apart. There's a lot of mental health rep and
Hannah Wright
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book! I loved every magical page. Emily's writing bubbles with the wonder of the sea and the natural world around us. It made me want to dive headfirst into the ocean and learn more about all the different creatures I don't yet know about. The writing is beautiful and really effectively evokes the watery world that Gail is so in love with. Gail is such a strong, relatable character and I loved meeting all her friends on the journey to find her and her sister's shadows. The book is also genu ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it

I’m 11. At the start of the book it was quite exciting as Gail lost her shadow and now her sister Kay had lost hers too. I like how she is looking for her sisters shadow and not just her own. She is very caring for her sister and just wants her to be back to her normal self. As u get to the middle of the book it gets kinda boring. She meets new characters such as Francis who.. let’s say.. likes to capture shadows. Near the end it’s more exciting again.. as they have found whales n
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When reading this book it was so easy to become immersed in the surroundings of the Scottish Isle that Gail travels through following her own and her sister's shadows as they leave through the sadness and loss felt by both girls. Gail sets out to bring back the shadows and get her sister Kay back to how she was before their Dad left.. Both sisters are interested in marine life and Gail discovers more than what has happened to her shadow on her quest around the island. The book deals with sensiti ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This one had a pretty good premise but when I started reading I found myself being somewhat bored and a little confused. I loved the idea of storms and souls but the execution was a little off. The characters were pretty good as well and the pacing wasn't to bad. But it just felt like it needed more polish.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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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.
A.R. Hetherington
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, a really engaging read, I would highly recommend for upper Junior/middle grade.
Sharon Schlup
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good fantastical read about love, life, loss and the power of family. The characters journey for self will resonate with the students who choose to read this tale
Hannah Foley
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lyrical and mysterious story. Atmospheric and beautifully written. Loved it.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. The story is full of adventure and I loved the wonderfully descriptive and immersive writing style. A fantastic read and great debut novel!
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did not care for this one. I couldn't get into it and was skimming through the pages. I didn't understand the whole shadow part and was just confused throughout the whole book.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every page of Emily's book from beginning to end. Her descriptive language is beautiful and poetic but not frivolous - I found her style of writing really easy to follow and came out being able to picture the characters, the island and the shadows in great detail. She even made the idea of swimming in the freezing cold sea sound appealing (to me at least).

I loved following the adventure of the thoughtful and brave Gail and felt that the novel told a very relatable story of the importan
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic--it has the feel of a folktale and the fresh dazzle of a unique story. It addresses the tough stuff in life while also showing a character who is equal parts determined and vulnerable. Subplots about the marine wildlife on the Scottish island enhance and complement the story, and this is overall a story absolutely worth reading.
Isis esqueda
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I had the privilege of reading an Advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow by Emily Ilett is about a girl named Gail who has lost her shadow. Without her shadow, Gail understands that she is not herself. Desperate to return to the life she had before, she ”loses” her sister’s shadow. The story centers around Gail’s search for Kay’s shadow.

While searching for her sister’s shadow she meets two siblings who are also searching for shadows
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Highly recommended - beautiful writing and adventure! When Gail's shadow slips away, it feels just like part of the sadness rooted in her household. But when her sister Kay's shadow leaves too, she sets out to find it, through storms and treacherous caves. My favorite part of this book is the sense of place. You can taste the salty sea air and touch the damp caves and thick forests of the island. Even though it's set in Scotland, I felt a little bit of the PNW in it too - formidable wildness and ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadows, sea creatures, and sisterhood...

When Gail's older sister Kay sinks into depression, Gail loses her rock. The sisters, who used to swim in the Scottish sea together and dreamed of becoming marine biologists, both lose their shadows on the same day. Thus begins Gail's quest to bring their shadows back and to help her sister. During her journey she learns about the importance of friendship, asking for help, and protecting the environment. I completely lost myself in this beautifully told
Joanna McGilvray
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wild, winding and soulful story with plenty of twists and turns and vivid imagery of the Scottish island setting and the sea, following Gail as she sets off on a mission to find her and her sister's shadows. It delicately explores other themes including mental health, loss/ grief, and how these things impact relationships. A beautiful and unusual story - thoroughly recommend.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing style in The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow leaves much to be desired. Choppy sentence structure with excessive use of first names when pronouns would have done just as well is pervasive. Maybe there should have been more help at the editing stage. I couldn't get past the 1st chapter.
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