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Season of Iceby Diane Les Becquets
Genesis' father ventures out on a lake in Northern Maine for one last catch of the seasonand he never returns. As the lake freezes, so too do the lives and hopes of her family. Because with no body, and no hope of a body until the lake thaws, the family has no access to insurance money and is forced into financial and emotional hardships. But how well did… See more details below
Genesis' father ventures out on a lake in Northern Maine for one last catch of the seasonand he never returns. As the lake freezes, so too do the lives and hopes of her family. Because with no body, and no hope of a body until the lake thaws, the family has no access to insurance money and is forced into financial and emotional hardships. But how well did Genesis, or anyone, for that matter, really know her dad? As Genesis extends her shifts at the local restaurant and bar, helps her step mom with her job cleaning schools, assists with the care of her stepbrothers (twins), she also begins an odyssey to unveil the truths behind the rumors of what really happened to her father – rumors of illicit drugs, an affair, and even foul play.
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Gr 7 Up- Genesis Sommer, 17, lives with her father, stepmother, and twin half brothers in a town on Moosehead Lake in northern Maine. Her world turns upside down on a stormy November day when her father ventures out on the lake to repair a dock and doesn't return. The rescue team finds his boat, but soon the reality sets in that the mission has become a retrieval operation. Then the lake freezes and a period of terrible waiting begins. Genesis quits school and goes to work in order to help support the family, and life takes on an almost surreal aspect. The one thing that holds meaning for her is ice-car racing, an activity she shared with her father. When she wins her first major competition, she goes in search of information about her dad and begins to accept his death, allowing herself to feel the emotions that she had been denying over several weeks. Genesis comes to realize that she really did not know her father, and the same can be said for her stepmother, brothers, and best friend. Her slow climb back to the world of the living begins with the answers to many questions and with self-discovery. This well-written, thought-provoking novel will ring true even for those who have not lost someone close. It is a soul-searching quest that makes readers think about what is important and the steps needed to take charge of one's life. A worthwhile purchase for most collections.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Seventeen-year-old Genesis Sommer is living a normal life. It's late fall in northern Maine. She goes to school and she has a part time job as a waitress at the Lazy Moose, a local restaurant. She has a stepmother and twins as half-brothers. Her father works at a logging camp, where he stays for long periods of time. One day her father left for work, dropping her off with her uncle Perry to work on her car. That was the last time Genesis saw him. The police started looking for Mike Sommer right away. They found his boat on the lake. Then the lake froze over. There is no body as evidence that Mike is dead. Genesis won't believe it until there is proof. Her life has changed now. The winter is neverending. Genesis hears rumors about her father. She begins to search for herself for the truth about the man she thought she knew everything about. From the start of this book, I was hooked. Though it is not normally the type of book I would read, I loved it none the less. Genesis was a great, strong character who was easy to relate to. After hearing the rumors Genesis was told about her father, even I had no idea what happened to him. I was happy with the ending, although I would have liked to have known more about what happens later on. Other than that, SEASON OF ICE was a really good story. If you ever come across it, you should pick it up.