Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he’s made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier.
Because Cadno isn’t just any fox: he’s a firefox – the only one of his kind – and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.
Swept up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend, Charlie’s going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if he’s going to save the last firefox . . .
This book was everything I love about middle grade – a delightful adventure story full of family, friendship, and an animal companion! Charlie is exploring the castle in his town when he comes across a hidden doorway, and is given a firefox to take care of and protect from the world beyond the door.
Charlie has to hide the magical fox from his parents, as his dad is a firefighter and would freak out if he found a fiery animal in the house! While trying to care for the fox, who he names Cadno, he is also trying to protect him from a sinister monster from the world beyond the door.
There was so many amazing aspects to this book that I loved so much. I read it in just a few sittings because it kept me gripped and was beautifully illustrated with drawings by Laura Catalan. Charlie was bullied throughout this story and he was supported by his two friends, Roo and Lippy. I loved seeing Charlie grow throughout this story with the support and help from his friends, family and his little firefox.
The Queer rep in this book was so lovely, Charlie had two dads and it’s just part of his everyday life. This was hardly discussed throughout the story and was just normal. I loved it. And obviously, the best part of this book has to be Cadno. I want a firefox please! He was so cute and was such a lovely and genuine way of moving the plot forward.
I’d highly recommend this one to anyone of any age, and I can’t wait to recommend it to kids at work throughout the month! I’m really happy to say this is the Waterstones children’s book of the month for March.
4 out of 5 stars
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽