Elsa Marston
children's author

Reviews and comments...

"Marston's haunting tale, inspired by Japanese folklore, gathers dramatic tension from its protagonist's dilemma." (Publisher's Weekly)

"A grave and thoughtful offering." (School Library Journal)

"A beautiful story..." (The Urban Fox Bookstore)

"Written in a beautiful style, the story conveys a refined understanding of Japanese culture." (Keiko Kasza, author)

"Marston's beautiful story and Kiuchi's evocative illustrations capture both the feel of another culture and the universality of love." (Pamela Service, author)

Fiction, young adult
An adventure in ancient Egypt
Poetry
poems inspired by animals depicted in Southwestern rock art
history, political science
Nonfiction
a look at the variety of women's lives in the Middle East and North Africa
History
Stories in Y-A collections
in FIRST CROSSING AND OTHER STORIES OF IMMIGRANT TEENS
in MEMORIES OF SUN: STORIES OF AFRICA AND AMERICA (2004)
in SOUL SEARCHING: THIRTEEN STORIES ABOUT FAITH AND BELIEF

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THE FOX MAIDEN

... between two worlds...

A mountain fox, with magical powers, tries to live among humans in the guise of a beautiful maiden. She is soon torn, however, between her new life and her natural life in the woods with her family. At last, trying to return to the village and the young man who has fallen in love with her, she finds that magic cannot always be trusted. Can love save her? A story of fantasy, but with the bitter-sweet flavor of real life, THE FOX MAIDEN appeals both to young children and to older persons who may respond to the questions it raises.

Available in libraries and from on-line book services.


SOME QUESTIONS TO TALK ABOUT...

How do you think the fox maiden has changed by the end of the story?

Is it ever all right to present yourself as a different kind of person from what you really are?

Can you think of a way that a teenager today might be something like the fox maiden?

Why is it sometimes very hard to stop doing something that you know is dangerous or unwise?