Snow in Summer

Snow in Summer

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by Jane Yolen
     
 

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An unforgettable take on a favorite fairy tale by multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen

Summer's life in the mountains of West Virginia feels like a fairy tale—her parents dote on her, and she's about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he's born, taking their mother with him, Summer's life turns grim. Things get even worse when her

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An unforgettable take on a favorite fairy tale by multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen

Summer's life in the mountains of West Virginia feels like a fairy tale—her parents dote on her, and she's about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he's born, taking their mother with him, Summer's life turns grim. Things get even worse when her father marries a woman who brings poisons and magical mirrors into Summer's world. Stepmama puts up a pretty face and Summer's father is under her spell, but Summer suspects she's up to no good—and is afraid she is powerless to stop her.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Beautifully written and deliciously scary."
Publishers Weekly

"Yolen spins an interesting variation of the classic Snow White story."
Kirkus Reviews

"A well-imagined and well-told addition to collections of retold fairy tales."
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142421970
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/14/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
425,410
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Read an Excerpt

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

"Fear the Hunter," the mirror's masked face said, startling me out of my memories.

“Fear the Hunter, fear the knife,
Fear the edge that takes a life.”

The mirror spoke as if Hunter was capitalized, like a name or a rank of some kind.

"The Hunter? Who's that?" I asked, but the mirror had gone silent. In the silence I heard a car door slam right outside.

Stepmama was home.

I slipped back out of her room so fast my shadow had trouble keeping up, and I headed down the hallway as if going to the bathroom.

That was where she found me.

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From the Publisher
"Beautifully written and deliciously scary."
Publishers Weekly

"Yolen spins an interesting variation of the classic Snow White story."
Kirkus Reviews

"A well-imagined and well-told addition to collections of retold fairy tales."
School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Her books and stories have won numerous awards and accolades including the Caldecott Award, National Book Award Finalist, Golden Kite Award, Christopher Medal, The World Fantasy Award, Sydney Taylor Book Award, Maud Hart Lovelace Award and numerous state award lists. She splits her time between Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Snow in Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
This modern retelling of Snow White was a great mix of old and new. We start out with the girl, Snow-in-Summer Morton (yes, that's her real name). She is at her mother's and baby brother's funeral. Cousin Nancy is acting like her real parent, because her Papa is too absorbed in his grief to pay any attention to his only daughter. Throughout the book we watch her grow, from her being seven years old to her being thirteen (until the last chapter in which she's nineteen). She learns that things aren't what they seem, especially her Stepmama. Cousin Nancy is basically her mother throughout this whole book. While her Papa is so focused on his grief, Cousin Nancy helps Summer grow and takes care of her and her Papa. I think Cousin Nancy is my favorite character in this whole book because she has suffered through a lot (including her own husband dying) but she still carries on and is brave for those around her. I honestly really didn't like Lemuel Morton (Summer's Papa). Yes, a person should feel grief that their love has died, but not to the extent of practically forgetting that your daughter exists! It was as if he was a ghost throughout the whole book, and it took Summer almost dying for him to come to his senses. The stepmother/witch was a nice change. Though yes, she was the evil witch, we got to see inside her head for a few chapters and got to see what motivated her, though we didn't understand it. What through me off for a bit was when the point of view switched. The chapter was titled "[Name of character] remembers" when it was in their point of view, but during the first few times it happened I was confused as to why the voice sounded different. Once I got it, it made perfect sense, but it took a while. Though we, as readers, know what happens (haven't we all read/watched Snow White?), the book was different enough that it had a fresh twist to it. It wasn't boring or redundant—it was new and sometimes I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. The book is directed towards a much younger audience, which might be why I didn't get immediately sucked in, but I really did enjoy the book and recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales, danger, adventure, and love of many kinds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reccomend this book if u like fairytales or fantasy its an easy book and is tons of fun to read after every page ur like whats gonna happen next so keep an eye out because this book is an adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
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Was an AMAZING BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Yolen is the best writer ever! I have read many of her books, but this one was the best yet! It was a total twist from the original Snow White. Well, sort of! The snake was the scariest part. It was totally different from the poisioned apple. Except for the poision part! ;) Jane Yolen, i may only be speaking for myself, but you are the best writer ever! When i finished Snow in Summer, i read your achievements, and might i say, that is a lot of awards! I would definitly consider you to be "the Hans Christian Anderson of America" as said in your books! I am a huge fan! Hannah Ainsworth
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This book is kinda about snow white so read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This looks like a good book if anyone caan tell me info i would be so grateful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sample consists of all the copyright and dedicatory papges and one partial paragraph!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a greatbook.I am reading this book and is good.It is another verison of snow white.
PixieFeather23641 More than 1 year ago
i think there was way too much about her becoming a woman and way too little about her courtship with Willy. i like a good romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book at the library yesterday and im really not far but it is very different i would have thought it was going to be set in a different village and time but it wasnt we will see how it turns out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are going to read Snow In Summer iwould say the story would be rated pg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is summer snow a good book????