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Children's LiteratureIn the far future, most of North America is covered in perpetual snow. Chandra lives in a world where schools close down, every house must take in refugees, and the border between the still-warm south and frigid north is strictly regulated. When Chandra's mother disappears, Chandra believes that she left her intentionally. Chandra shuts down emotionally and focuses all her energies into becoming a Spirit Walker. After a time, she begins to wonder if her mother did leave willingly. Chandra sets out on a dangerous journey to the south, following the trail of Diego, a man her mother met shortly before her disappearance. Chandra barters a wolf cub she found to ensure safe passage across the border with the help of a Snow Warrior. She finds Diego's house. And with the help of Will, a boy whose father works for Diego, Chandra is able to find her mother. While planning her mother's escape, Chandra discovers Diego's plot to infect all the people of the north with a deadly virus. Chandra undertakes the task of exposing Diego's plan and rescuing her fellow northerners. This novel of the future is very engaging. Harrison creates a very realistic world and peoples it with interesting characters. Chandra is a very resourceful and sympathetic character and her quest will keep the reader turning pages until the very end. 2003, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck