From the book jacket
: 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...
Beyond the Book
Mordicai Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in
1935 and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
After leaving the Chouinard Art Institute in Los
Angeles he got a job in an animated cartoon
studio, and worked for many years in New York
mainly on TV commercials.
In 1970 he met Elizabeth Levy, who would
change the course of his life. She had
written a mystery and was looking for an illustrator.
The book became a series that has continued for...