Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice: Snow Stories

Today is the first day of winter. It's 70 degrees here, which is very wrong. To honor a more traditional weather pattern, here are some stories involving ice and snow!


Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey. When Kai declares his love for his best friend Grace, she feels trapped and starts to pull away, but when Kai disappears, it's up to Grace to find him in this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy. In March of 1888, a major blizzard struck the east coast-- New York had 21 inches fall in a matter of hours. The storm paralyzed major cities and worst natural disasters in the US.

Trapped by Michael Northrup. When the blizzard hits, school is dismissed early, but seven kids still have to be picked up before the weather gets so bad that the roads are closed and their parents can't get there. The snow won't stop for another week, and it quickly becomes a question of survival.


Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. Less of a retelling and more a fleshing out to make it a full-length novel, this is a beautiful and version of the Norwegian tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher. Sam likes the skiing part of winter break, but not the part where she's sitting along by the fire, but there are several boys to choose from after a day on the slopes.

Girl Overboard by Justina Chen. Syrah's the daughter of a global tycoon and from the outside it looks like a charmed life. After a snowboarding accident busts her knee, Syrah's lost the one place she felt free and like herself. But, with her new found fame, she'll finally be able to confront some messed up family dynamics and discover what's been hidden in the past.


The Prince And The Snowgirl by Simon Chesire. Tom looks exactly like Prince George, and earns a lot of money by being a Prince George look-alike. But at a ski competition, Tom tries to impersonate the Prince to impress a girl, only to have the real Prince show up, and he's nothing like Tom thought he would be.

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin. In 1888, a giant and devastating blizzard swept across the country. Looking at the blizzard and the beginnings of weather warnings, this adult book will be enjoyed by older teens.

Snow Queen by Emma Harrison. Aubrey's excited to go to Vermont with her best friend Christie, until she finds out that Christie has entered both of them in the Snow Queen pageant. Aubrey goes with it to help Christie win, but a mean girl and a cute guy awaken her competitive side and now Aubrey wants to win the crown for herself.

What are your favorite snow stories?

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