From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A modern fairy tale about overcoming our fears and reconnecting with those we love most.

In our old house, Ma told me there was nothing to be scared of. No monsters hiding behind doors, or in wardrobes, or under beds. She said there were no dark places at all. But in the new house, under my new bed, that’s where I found Shadow.

“Beautiful. A really powerful exploration of a child’s experience of a parent’s depression. Big and brave” —Nicola Davies, award-winning author

“This soft-spoken story can be anything from a simple, lovely, modern fairy tale to a stunning allegory about overcoming fear & how a parent’s depression can affect a child”—ALA Booklist

“Helpful to any family going through a challenging situation yet hoping for a brighter future”—Youth Services Book Reviews, 5 STARS

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039050, JUV039090, JUV058000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 500
ATOS Reading Level 2.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503379
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher is the award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods, and Storm-Wake. She is the Course Director in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, where she has a PhD in Creative Writing.

Illustrator: Anastasia Suvorova

Anastasia Suvorova is an award-winning children's book illustrator from St. Petersburg, Russia. She is the 2018 winner of the Bologna Children's Book Fair Silent Book Contest.

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Lantana Global Picture Books

Lantana Global Picture Books are inclusive and international stories celebrating every kind of child and family, because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. With a focus on #ownvoices authors from under-represented groups, these stories make a… View available downloads →


The Horn Book Magazine

“Children will interpret the story differently depending on their own life experiences, but the trajectory of moving from a sad and lonely state to one of connection is universal.”—The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“This title gently relates the experience of one child coping with difficult times, and possible points out the pitfalls and solutions for others going through similar situations.”—School Library Journal


“This soft-spoken story can be anything from a simple, lovely, modern fairy tale to a stunning allegory about overcoming fear and how a parent’s depression can affect a child.”—Booklist Online

Publishers Weekly

“A well-executed work about the transformative nature of togetherness.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Sensitively shines a metaphorical light onto scary but nonetheless real emotions.”—Kirkus Reviews