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After Tod's father abandoned the family, his mother moved them into their grandmother's crowded house. Overwhelmed at school, Tod finds himself lagging behind his classmates and becoming entangled in a destructive gang. After Tod compassionately buries a dead fox, a fox-spirit offers him the chance to become a fox himself. Will Tod choose his complex, human life or the simple, wild life of a fox? Young Adult.

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Overview

After Tod's father abandoned the family, his mother moved them into their grandmother's crowded house. Overwhelmed at school, Tod finds himself lagging behind his classmates and becoming entangled in a destructive gang. After Tod compassionately buries a dead fox, a fox-spirit offers him the chance to become a fox himself. Will Tod choose his complex, human life or the simple, wild life of a fox? Young Adult.

Twelve-year-old Tod's mystical links with a spirit, half man and half fox, and with the natural world surrounding his grandmother's house in the Australian countryside challenge his attempt to adjust to the real world.

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Gr 5-9In this intriguing novel, Rubinstein combines a compelling family story with spiritual fantasy. Tod, 12, lives with his sisters, mother, and grandmother in a small Australian town. Unable to make sense of his father's desertion, he becomes fascinated by the surrounding countryside and by the fox that prowls there. Eventually, he meets a spirit fox that allows him to transform into an animal himself. Tod relishes his experiences as a fox and appreciates the insight they provide. As a human, he is threatened and courted by a gang; teased; and lost in a family filled with clashing, independent spirits. As an animal, there are no decisions for him to make and he fits in with the world. On the other hand, the violence of wild creatures conflicts with his human feelings. His dilemma is riveting, but Rubinstein's strong characterizations are the true highlight of this book. All of the characters are well drawn and true to life. The ending is dramatic and unresolved: after a friend dies in a gang-related accident, Tod is torn between facing that death or embracing the fox world forever. Readers never learn what he chooses. The lack of resolution may frustrate some readers, but it is thought-provoking and will provide excellent material for discussion.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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A 12-year-old boy confronts the disintegration of his family by transforming himself into a fox in this striking novel from Rubinstein (Galax-Arena, 1995, etc.).

When his father flees home to England, Tod moves with his mother and sisters from Sydney to the South Australian countryside, where they settle in with their crusty but spirited grandmother. The transition for Tod is difficult: While his mother pursues a career as a standup comic in seedy bars and his sisters bicker, he attempts to continue his schooling, in spite of learning disabilities and an overcrowded classroom. Rubinstein vividly evokes pastoral Australia, while supplying a wealth of information on foxes that brings the cunning animals alive. She even weaves in aboriginal myths: Tod eventually meets the legendary half-man/half- fox Dan Russell, who offers him the chance to live the life of a fox. Although he first resists, Tod is soon hunting rabbits and eating raw animal flesh and relishing the experience. Readers will find the fantastic aspects of the character's journey satisfying and be sobered by the metaphor of a young boy who survives contemporary family life only by becoming an animal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689806025
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/13/1996
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    It is very good!!!

    Foxspell is a very good book, but it is kind of depressing or sad. But if you like animals you will like this book, or if you've ever had a dream to be an animal yourself.

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