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 Game of fox & squirrels
 Author: Reese, Jenn

 Publisher:  Holt (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 220 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 743852 ISBN: 9781250243010
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Family life -- Fiction
 Aunts -- Fiction
 Foxes -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction
 Card games -- Fiction
 Domestic violence -- Fction
 Oregon -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

After an incident of domestic violence by their father, eleven-year old Samantha and her older sister Caitlin are sent to live in rural Oregon with an aunt they've never met. Sam wishes things were like they were before she reported her father. When her aunt gives Sam a mysterious card game called "A Game of Fox & Squirrels," Sam falls in love with the charming trickster fox, Ashander. When he magically appears to take her on an adventure, his promise of granting her wish isn't fully honest.

 Illustrator: Roux, Jessica

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   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 508099

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/20)
   Booklist (04/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/05/20)

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Booklist - 04/01/2020 Sam doesn’t like that she and her older sister, Caitlin, have to spend their summer in Oregon with an aunt they’ve never met. It soon becomes apparent to the reader, however, that Sam is in denial about the serious circumstances that led to her and Caitlin’s arrival at Aunt Vicky’s. Reese spins a tale about child abuse that is touched with fantasy as Sam processes her new life—and the truth about the one she left behind. After Aunt Vicky gives her a card game called A Game of Fox & Squirrels, Sam is visited by a charming, manipulative fox named Ashander, who draws the girl into a real-life game with high stakes and false promises. The parallels between the dangerous Ashander and Sam’s father are drawn with a heavy hand, but fantasy can be a powerful tool for working through trauma. Aunt Vicky and her wife offer a loving and realistic support team for their nieces as the girls learn to trust the safety of their new home and redefine their expectations of family life. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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