Fiction: Children of the Fox

Author Illustrator Publisher
Kevin Sands   Puffin

When you are caught between a rock and a hard place, what would you do to survive?

An Impossible challenge, five strangers, and a really too-good-to-be-true reward.  What could go wrong?  Just about everything Callan, Meriel, Foxtail, Gareth, and Lachlan find out in this first novel in the series, Thieves of Shadow.  In this story, the five heroes have to not only complete a dangerous task, but also find out about who they are, where they come from, and how to deal with the hardships that they have had thrown at them including magic, mayhem, and a very annoying Fox. 


  • What are the skills and talents that each of the five bring to the table?
  • What is motivating each one of them?  Can motivation lead you to do dangerous things? 
  • What are the five learning about themselves, their past, present, and future?  Do they gain new skills? 
  • What are the aspects of team-building do you see in this story? 
  • How do the characters  learn to trust others? 


Cosmic C

Children of the fox is a book about five kids who are all street criminals. Each of them has their own story that brought them to surviving on the streets. The story tells of how they are unlikely brought together with the promise of a different, changed future.

They are given a mission to infiltrate the home of the High Weaver, the greatest magic user,  to steal a magical artifact and to do so they have to rely on each other’s different skills to be able to succeed. What ensues is a fast paced, action packed page turner.

I really enjoyed this book because it always keeps you on edge and you never know what’s going to happen next. I also really liked the five kids because they all have different personalities. Even though because they are criminals they are “bad” they weren’t put in those situations on purpose and I throughout the book I always was on their side. I would recommend this book for people who like adventurous tales full of excitement.

SD20 Webster Elementary Red Cedar Readers

I really enjoyed Children of the Fox. This is a great book about kids who are hired to steal a magical artifact from the high weaver. Soon they discover it is a much more complicated truth. I liked this book because it had great mysteries, a compelling plot and twists that will have you on your toes throughout the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone Grade 5 and up who likes books about teamwork and mysteries.

I think it’s a great book. It will keep readers hooked and second guessing everything. This book is filled with lots of puzzles, fantasy, and action. I’d rate this book ⅘.

I thought that this book was a really great book. It’s a Red Cedar and it’s a fiction book. I feel like it is the type of book to always have you waiting for the next part. If you are a really big fiction fan who loves a bit of mystery, I recommend this book for you. Overall I rate this book a ⅘. 

I wasn’t a huge fan of this book but I did like it. I found it a bit confusing and I didn’t really like how it was always Intense but it was good at the same time like some parts were not confusing, or super intense. I get how it’s got different books to it but the ending could have been a bit better. I rate this a 2.5/5 because I liked it but didn’t and it’s right in between.

Children of the Fox is a very good fantasy book. It is about a group of teen thieves who are told to steal an old artifact. If they do, they will get paid lots of money. So they should…. Shouldn’t they? I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Harry Potter and other fantasy books and are between the ages of ten and thirteen.