From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a
memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports
readers to the Old Country, where “all the fairy tales come from, where there
was magic—and there was war.” There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the
eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shapes.
Gisella’s quest to get her girl-body back takes her
on a journey across a war-ravaged country that has lost its shape. She
encounters magic, bloodshed, and questions of power and justice, until finally,
looking into the eyes of the fox once more, she faces a strange and startling
choice about her own nature. Part adventure story and part fable; exciting,
beautifully told, rich in humor and wisdom, The Old Country is the work
of an artist and storyteller at the height of his powers.
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