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Grade 3–6—Shortly after her first adventure in Little Fur: The Legend Begins (Random, 2006), elf troll Little Fur is on another dangerous quest. In order to discover what evil plot the Troll King has conceived to destroy the earth magic running through the natural world, she joins a fellowship that ventures beneath the city to Underth, the realm of the trolls. Her companions include her loyal feline friend Ginger, two stealthy sibling ferrets, and an unwilling rat as a guide. However, the most intriguing member of the group is Sorrow, a fox whose sole wish is to die and who joins the quest to achieve that end. Little Fur's healer instincts demand that she attempt to discover and cure what ails the fox's body and spirit, but he proves an unwilling patient. Though the story builds on the events of the previous novel, it is not necessary to have read it to enjoy this one. In fact, this installment is more cohesive and less didactic than the earlier one and has a better developed and more rounded character in Sorrow. The simple pen-and-ink drawings add little to the narrative. Patrick Carman's "The Land of Elyon" series (Scholastic) is similar and superior, but readers who enjoy a tame eco-fantasy should be satisfied with Little Fur's return.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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Little Fur is back on another dangerous mission to thwart the troll king's evil plans. Sett Owl, an oracle of the earth-spirit, charges a small group of animals to journey to the troll kingdom Underearth and discover the king's plans for spreading a plague among humans. The gentle half-elf, half-troll girl volunteers to accompany them in order to save the leader of the group, a cynical fox called Sorrow, who wishes only to die and be free of his ruined life. This is a strong sequel to The Legend Begins (2006), with more depth of character and more at stake in the adventure. One of the most intriguing figures here is Sorrow, who will, no doubt, have a large role in future books, and as Little Fur confronts her troll side in the Underearth, her dual troll-elf heritage is brought closer to the forefront. Charmingly skewed black-and-white drawings go well with the childlike innocence of Carmody's heroine. At least two additional Little Fur books are planned. Krista Hutley
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Little Fur (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an Australian writer of science fiction, fantasy, children's and juvenile literature. I divide my time between a home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and my travels abroad. I began work on the Obernewtyn Chronicles when I was fourteen years old. I continued to work on these while completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literature and philosophy, followed by a cadetship in journalism. The first two books in the Obernewtyn series were short listed for the CBC Children's Book of the Year in the Older Readers category; My third book Scatterlings won Talking book of the Year. My fourth book The Gathering was a joint winner of the 1993 CBC Book of the Year Award and the 1994 Children's Literature Peace Prize. Another book, Greylands, won an Aurealis Award and a White Raven at Bologna Book Fair while Billy Thunder and the Night Gate was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Both Little Fur and A Fox Called Sorrow received BAAFTA Industry Awards for design. Alyzon Whitestarr won the coveted Golden Aurealis for overall best novel at the Aurealis Awards. Nan Mc Nabb and were the participating editor of a two book collection of stories titled respectively The Wilful Eye and The Wicked Wood, released in 2011. My recent book The Red Wind won Book of the Year. My latest book is a collection of critically acclaimed stories called Metro Winds, and I am currently working on the final book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen and another book, The Cloud Road.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lea on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Throughout "A Fox Called Sorrow", this talented Australian writer, Isobelle Carmody, vividly reflects how alienating the human world is to other creatures, and how pervasive and confusing. Cars are terrifying "road beasts" and trains are "road serpents", and Little Fur, the elf troll, cannot set foot on the wide, black roads, lest she break her contact with the earth, which suffocates beneath these poisonous black veins, and with the "earth magic" that assists her abilities as a healer of injured animals and trees. Most heartbreaking is the fox's, Sorrow's, tragic history at the hands of humans.

This beautiful story has so much to offer that is immensely valuable and original, in its poignancy, in its portrayal of integrity and compassion and bravery within and through tragedy and cruelty and grief, and its very important underlying messages of environmentalism, respect for the earth and for all creatures, and the strength of love and hope, even through the darkest despair and loss. And the ending is wonderful!

I selected this beautiful book quite randomly - partly because of the cover's gorgeous velvet nape on my edition - and I'm so impressed.
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By Arthur W Jordin on January 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
A Fox Called Sorrow (2005) is the second Fantasy novel in the Little Fur series, following The Legend Begins.

In the previous volume, Little Fur lived among the seven Old Ones. They were giant trees hidden by brush and magic spells. They whispered to her when she is close.

Brownie was full of energy and offered to carry her on his back. Little Fur refused because she always had to touch the earth magic. Riding on him would break her connection to the magic and she might never get it back again.

Crow had come to tell Little Fur about the latest human craziness. He said a pack of humans were sneaking out at night to burn trees. He had learned the news from a possum, who had heard it from the picture box.

Little Fur was horrified by the news, but waited for Brownie to come for a second opinion. Brownie often disparaged Crow's news as wild speculation. Yet this time he confirmed the story and said that the humans were very angry about the tree burners.

In this novel, Little Fur is an elf troll. Her father was an elf and her mother was a troll. She doesn't smell bad like purebred trolls.

Crow is a city bird who had flown into a tree. Little Fur nursed him back to health and he visits her to tell stories of the crazy humans.

Tillet is a hare. She is Little Fur's most consistent helper.

Ginger and Sly are feral cats living in the city. They have been healed by Little Fur and are her friends.

Sett Owl is a very wise bird. She lives in the Beak House, a human church. This church is infused with Still Magic. The owl has a firm connection with both the Earth and Still Magic.
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My daughter, age 6 LOVES fairies, princesses and Harry Potter. She thinks the Little Fur books are marvelous. We read one chapter each night and then review what has happened previously each night. She keeps trying to guess what will happen next and how the book will end. She has read two of the books and can't wait to get the third one of the series.

My 3 year old also likes the books, but her attention span will only get her through about half a chapter at a time.
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