Six for Sunday: Snow and Ice
The theme for this week’s #SixforSunday is books with snow or ice in the title. The weather has been pretty grey and cold recently, but I don’t think that I’m quite ready for snow just yet…however, I am getting into the mood for some wintry reads!
The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock
You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting…
In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?
Join them on an enchanting adventure in this beautifully moving story by the bestselling author of Sky Song and The Unmapped Chronicles, Abi Elphinstone, and renowned illustrator Fiona Woodcock.
I have yet to read this but I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! Everything about it just seems like my kind of book, with the beautiful illustrations, sense of adventure and even the fact that the main character has a sausage dog sidekick! Can’t wait for this!
Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren
Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice.
But that’s exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside.
No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison …
An unforgettable story of sisterhood, valour and rebellion, Prisoner of Ice and Snow will fire you up and melt your heart all at once. Perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell, Piers Torday and Cathryn Constable.
I loved this adventure story with the bonds of love bwteen the sisters and friendship with those Valor meets along the way. I have been remiss in not yet picking up the sequel, but I really must as I liked this a lot!
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart – he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.
This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
This is a beautiful, thoughtful book which stayed with me long after I turned the last page. One I feel like I will get something different out of every time I reread it.
Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll
‘The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.’
Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.
Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost.
Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .
‘Frost Hollow Hall’ is a thrilling historical fiction debut. Told in Tilly’s unique voice, it is a tale of love and loss, and how forgiveness is the key to recovery.
Okay, so frost isn’t technically ice or snow, but I wanted to include this one anyway. I have loved everything else that Emma Carroll has written so I just know that I will lvoe this – I even have a copy sitting on my shelves that I have yet to read! I must prioritize this one for a wintry read this year!
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
“Blessed” or “cursed” with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.
East of the Sun and West of the Moon has always been one of my favourite fairy tales and I have always treasured my copy of the version illustrated by Kai Nielsen. This retelling of the story is fantastic in that it keeps everything I loved about the original, but also expands on the heroine and her family, as well as adding bits that really fit with the feel of the original story. Highly recommended!
Check out my review of North Child/ East which is another re-imagining of this fairy tale.
The Snow Lion by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones
From the fabulous partnership of award-winning author Jim Helmore and the brilliant Richard Jones comes a stunning book about friendship.
When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. There’s only so much exploring she can do by herself! It’s not long though before she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. He’s as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it’s soon time for Caro to venture out on her own . . .
With a slightly magical, classic feel and a lovely message, The Snow Lion is a story which will appeal to children and parents alike, and the beautiful illustrations make this a book to treasure.
This is a gorgeous picture book with a reassuring message – see my full review here.
Which books have you read that have ice or snow in the title?
Which books would you like to read when it’s snowing?
Let me know in the comments!
While you’re here, why not check out my 5 Autumn essentials, how to say Autumn Leaves in ten languages, a tutorial to make adorable Autumn peg doll animals or my book reviews of A Different Pond, A Treason of Thorns, The Light Between Worlds or To Kill a Kingdom?
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