Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Inspired by Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, a portrait of survival and a tale of friendship.The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe.When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their fle...

Details Scary Stories for Young Foxes

TitleScary Stories for Young Foxes
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Horror, Animals, Short Stories, Adventure, Survival, Fantasy

Reviews Scary Stories for Young Foxes

  • Jessica
    I love foxes. I just . . . I love them so much, guys! So every time I find a picture book about foxes, or there's a fox in any kind of book I have to have it, and I'm so excited! But then often sad. Not so much in the picture books, but in the middle grade books where foxes DIE all the time and it's horrible and unnecessary and full of moralizing and all Black Beauty-esque. (Seriously people, WTH? Let. The. Foxes. Be.)I had decided after Pax that...
  • Betsy
    Horror. Kids eat that stuff up with a spoon. At some point in a human life, a little switch gets flipped in the brain and suddenly, instead of dreading that moment at night when you clutch your bed sheets and pull them over your head, you seek it out. And book publishers, realizing that kids love scary stories, have turned them into a neat and tidy little industry. How else to explain the popularity of series like Goosebumps or the never-unpopula...
  • Emily A. Duncan
    honestly? this is one of the best books i've read this year.
  • Hannah Garrett
    I can’t describe just how much I love this book. It reads to you like you’re one of the foxes, listening to the sage storyteller. You travel through tall grass, wind between trees in the forest, smell purple, jump over large barriers, and feel everything Mia and Uly feel. Each story has a distinctness, and also carries a thread from beginning to end. I haven’t cried at the end of a book as much as I did with this one. Tears of joy and sorro...
  • Abigail
    Eager for scary stories, six fox kits sneak away from their den in the Antler Wood and make their way to Bog Cavern, where the old storyteller regales them with the tale of two young foxes, born of different families, whose youthful misfortunes bring them together. When all of Mia's siblings, as well as her tutor Miss Vix are stricken by the "yellow disease," she and her mother set off into exile, only to become separated when they run afoul of a...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Unique and satisfyingly creepy, this middle grade novel has shades of PAX, but in the hands of Guillermo del Toro. Seven short stories are told to a group of kits by a mysterious storyteller, ultimately linked in a greater narrative that reveals itself slowly. The stories are atmospheric, dark, and often violent. The world of the foxes is dangerous and made rich with Heidicker's fox lexicon ("the yellow" for rabies, humans wear "extra skins" inst...
  • Dallin
    You want to know what I really thought of this book? Okay, fine! It's the best damn book Heidicker has written to date. I've read his other two books and I knew he was good, but this one is timeless. People should be talking about this book many years from now. It feels like an old tale, something that is both terrifying and familiar, it gets to the heart of what fear is for a young and powerless person who is looking at the world through child s...
  • Ernest Robertson
    I got my hands on an Advance Reader's Edition, and wow. I'm not going to say much, out of fear of spoiling something, so I'll leave it at this: Terrifying. Funny.Edge of the seat thriller.Courageous.Heartbreaking.Heartwarming.Incredible use of language that puts me 100% into the minds of these poor fox kits. Stayed with me long after the read. A new addition to my list of all-time favorite books.
  • Krys Mcintyre
    Scary Stories for Young Foxes is both chilling and tender. I devoured it and loved every bite.
  • Laura Harrison
    One of the best middle grade readers of 2019. How I would love it if it won the 2020 Newbery. It completely deserves it!
  • DaNae
    These foxes are enchanting and in constant peril. Your heart will break over and over again and you will never feel good about reading Peter Rabbit again. I hear it all the time from grown-ups, "I just don't like talking animal books." We get it, you're grown, and you don't want to be seen crying over dead spiders, or artistic apes, or mouse knights. So, don't pay attention to this review.
  • Rebecca
    Brilliantly written. I started reading and only stopped when I went to get a hoodie and blanket to keep from shivering- the scary story kind of shivering- where you curl up under a blanket and peek out because you *have* to know what happens next. For some reason, I expected this book to be... well... NOT scary. I had to keep reminding myself that I am not a young fox, and badgers and steel traps and humans are not *that* scary. And yet, these yo...
  • Katherine Moore
    Life as a young fox is scary, with so much to learn about the dangers out there in the woods. Little foxes learn about these dangers from their mama, a masterful storyteller, or the hard way, by facing the world. This beautifully-written and illustrated middle-grade book invites the reader to step inside the minds of little foxes, and embark on an adventure, full of the real-life challenges that they often face: Nasty humans, vicious woodland cre...
  • Jera Petersen
    The epitome of theatrical syntax, Christian Heidicker’s writing is rich in detail yet clear in meaning; enveloping the perfect mix of anticipatory foreshadowing with the stomach-dropping realization of hindsight. Even if it were stripped of its’ magnificent attention to detail, the emotionally-charged plot and seat-edged pace of Scary Stories for Young Foxes requires that you (yes, YOU) buy this book ASAMPLR (As Soon As Miss Potter Leaves the...
  • Leah Bayer
    Why did this cute & spooky kid’s book make me cry
  • Kate
    Delightfully dark for a middle grade and the illustrations were wonderful
  • Emi
    This book touched all of my little heart and soul strings in all the right places! Lured me in and made me reflect on love, life and loss. Exactly what I needed to read!
  • Maggie
    I grew up loving scary stories and wish this was one of the books I had on my shelf when I was younger. Told from the perspective of a wise old fox to kits, the tale weaves together the story of two young foxes as they navigate the dangers of life when they are forced to leave the comfort of their dens. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and I found it hard to put down. The characters are complex and lovely - saying 'goodbye' at th...
  • Page
    Although this novel targets a teen demographic, I, as an attempted adult, thoroughly enjoyed it. The different short stories touch on many characteristics of horror fiction but they all maintain H P Lovecrafts’ idea of ‘fear of the unknown’. The two young kits that dominate the story are constantly challenged with loss, survival, companionship and abandonment, all while bringing to light issues such as conservation, chain of command and dis...
  • Jac
    I was honored to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review... and I have hesitated to write one for multiple reasons. Mainly, I don’t think I have the writing skills to describe my feelings about this book. I’ll try to summarize in 3 points: 1. I forced myself to stop reading twice so that I could try to savor each page. Even still, I finished it in 3 days. 2. I know what I am getting every single person on my Christmas list this year. ...
  • Michael Stewart
    A thoroughly enjoyable read for kids and adults alike. There are a couple of things I will note beyond the fact that this is an excellent story, which drove me to read on well into the night. The first is that the care the author took in writing this is wildly apparent. I can almost imagine him creeping about the woods in an effort to understand exactly how a fox kit might feel, limping along on three legs, and then deliberating on how to transla...
  • Korey
    My son (8) and I have been reading an ARC copy at bedtime and we love it. The chapters are perfect bedtime size and the stories are spooky, charming and funny. He laughed harder than he had at any other story at one moment early in the book. This book is a delight and we’ve already pre-ordered a copy for our shelves.
  • Davey Davis
    If you've ever seen a fox at work, you've probably noticed that they're a cut above most animals when it comes to resourcefulness. In Heidicker's new book, the secret lives of foxes growing up are imbued with as much magic, mystery, and relatability as any of the great middle-grade/YA literature to date. What start out as extant short stories weave together into a compelling narrative focusing on Mia and Uly, young foxes in their first winter out...
  • Brittany
    Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC and the opportunity to read and review this book before its release date. This, however, does not reflect the opinions in my review.I admit, I requested this book on the sole reason of how FREAKING CUTE the cover is, so kudos on the cover artist for selling me on that alone. I wish the eARC would have had the other illustrations available, too, but I guess that’s all the more reason for ...
  • Danielle
    Heidicker is an amazing storyteller. I never expected that some of my favorite characters would be foxes, but I quickly became attached to Mia and Uly and related on so many levels to their stories. Within the first few pages, I felt like I was perceiving the world through all five senses as a little kit fox (and didn’t put the book down for six hours). I’m convinced Heidicker was a fox in a past life - how else could he perfectly capture all...
  • Elizabeth
    LOVED IT! Everyone should read it. I like how the frame story builds in breaks, so it doesn't get too intense. I love how the scary stories are real things foxes might be scared of. I am a LITTLE confused about there being a particular animal somewhere near where Miss Potter is, but maybe she traveled to America? Either way, it's an excellent story and I will recommend it to all of the kids who keep asking me for spooky stories. It's a great book...
  • Michelle M
    I expected to like this book. I collect ghost stories and loved the premise of what would make a scary story for a young fox, so I was really looking forward to it. And then I read it, and I'm afraid I'm going to be gushy because--Oh My. I loved the book so much. It is a collection of short stories, but they're stories that get caught up in the narration of a bigger tale, turning the lovely bits of fiction into a beautiful, scary, heartbreaking, ...
  • Shannoningletyahoo.Com
    A chillingly delightful read for foxes and humans alike! As the Storyteller recounts the harrowing journey of the kits, Mia and Uly, haunting cautionary tales unfold, reminding all of us that growing up in this world is perilous, but friendship and family make it worthwhile. I highly recommend this book… if you’re brave enough to enter the Antler Wood.