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Lost Shadow
By (author): Claire Gilchrist
Claire Gilchrist


Dundurn Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Sep 21, 2021
$13.99 CAD


8in x 5 x 1 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

216 pages
Dundurn Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Wolves, Coyotes & Wild Dogs
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships
British Columbia
  • Short Description
Coyotes Pica and Scruff face a harsh winter — food is scarce and they argue over whether to steal from humans. Reluctantly Pica agrees to take bread from a truck, but gets locked in and carried far from the city. She must survive wolves, leg traps, and ice mountains to get back home. But even if she makes it, will Scruff be waiting for her?
In the sequel to Street Shadows, city coyote Pica is carried far away, into the land of wolves. Will she survive and make it back to Scruff?

Winter is here, and coyotes Pica and Scruff are having trouble finding enough food to survive. Their only option may be to steal food from humans, which Scruff thinks is a necessary risk, while Pica thinks it’s too dangerous. After they get into a bitter fight, the unthinkable happens: Pica gets locked into a delivery truck and driven far away from the city, into the land of the wolves.

When Pica disappears and doesn’t return for weeks, Scruff is devastated. He doesn’t know if the fight drove her away or if something happened to her. Not knowing what else to do, he eventually moves on and meets a new pack. However, these new friends rely heavily on human food, and he knows that by joining them he’s playing a dangerous game.

Pica, alone in the wilderness, must call on all of her strength and courage to survive in this new landscape. She has to get back to Scruff before it’s too late. The clock is ticking, and leg traps, wolves, and a giant icy mountain range stand between Pica and her home.

  • A delightful middle-grade story of two urban coyotes, best friends Pica and Scruff
  • Perfect for animal-loving readers of The One and Only Ivan
  • Author is a middle school teacher who spent time working with the Co-Existing with Coyotes program through Stanley Park Ecological Society tin Vancouver, B.C.

Claire Gilchrist is an author and middle school teacher. She loves all canids and has done extensive research on urban coyotes as well as worked as an educator for the Co-Existing with Coyotes Program in Vancouver, B.C. She currently splits her time between White Salmon, Washington, and Victoria, B.C.

  • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
  • Author presentations to schools in Pacific Northwest / B.C.
  • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
  • Consumer, trade, and/or wholesaler advertising campaign
  • Social media campaign and online advertising
  • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
  • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
  • Free downloadable teacher resource guide
  • Series bookmarks
  • Author Twitter: @gilchristwrites
  • Author Instagram: @gilchristwrites
  • Author website: clairegilchrist.com
  • Book hashtag: #LostShadow

For more information contact
Kristina Jagger, [email protected]

Closer to Incredible Journey than The Call of the Wild; will elicit pleased howls from young pups. - Kirkus Reviews

Lost Shadow is a highly entertaining, imaginative, and well-researched exploration into the lives of coyotes, wolves, and the importance of wilderness. Although it serves as a sequel to Claire Gilchrist's enthralling Street Shadows, it works as a stand-alone novel too. Give this innovative story to fans of the Redwall and Warriors book series who are looking for a more realistic animal adventure. Once you experience the world through Scruff and Pica's perspectives, you'll never see coyotes, or humans, the same. Lost Shadow is an exciting and transformational coyote adventure written with wit, wisdom, and heart. - Todd Mitchell, author of Last Panther

Just terrific. A howling good tale! Soon after Pica and Scruff claim a place in the Wild Lands, their friendship is torn apart. While Scruff tangles with some menacing humans, Pica is snatched from her home. So begins an odyssey of misadventure and a trial of patience and enduring love. In Lost Shadow, Claire Gilchrist continues her unique saga about urban coyotes, their perilous struggle to survive, and their battles and special bonds. Moreover, the novel reveals an inner world living by stealth and daring in your own backyard. Beyond the revelations about urban wildlife, readers — young and old — will confront their own place within the animal kingdom. Open your eyes and ears to Lost Shadow. The cries you hear could well be your own. - D. F. Bailey, author of Run Time

Drawing on science and experience, Claire Gilchrist vividly imagines the adventures and inner lives of two young coyotes, allowing us to follow in their tracks as they grow, play, and fight to survive in an often-hostile world. You won't forget Pica and Scruff. - Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Claire Gilchrist's book, Lost Shadow, is absorbing, fun, and easy to read: it's an enticing adventure story with multiple cliffhangers that pull you along right to the end of the book! On a deeper level, it's the story of friendship and interactions amid unforeseen circumstances that are the warp and weave of life, with little snippets and gems of phrasing that every child will want to reflect on and, ultimately, incorporate into themselves. This all is woven into a story about coyotes which is chalk full of accurate details about coyote behaviour, mannerisms, and human culture and issues towards them. The book is a wonderful gateway for opening awareness about these critters. Several fascinating facts are delineated at the back of the book. Beautifully written and well researched. - Janet Kessler, coyote expert and creator of Coyote Yipps

Themes of friendship, family, and survival make this sequel a good cozy read. The research that has gone into Lost Shadow gives readers a unique look into the lives of coyotes and, hopefully, a better understanding and respect for these intelligent animals. Highly recommended.

- CM Magazine

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