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Excerpted from When the Snow Fell by Henning Mankell Copyright © 2009 by Henning Mankell. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted November 1, 2010
On the first snowfall of the year, 14-year-old Joel always makes his New Year's resolutions.
This year he's made three: live to be 100, patch up his relationship with his father, and see a girl naked.
Life keeps getting in the way, however, of him reaching his goals. His father is a lumberjack who goes on drinking binges and seems unhappy with life. His mother abandoned them years ago. To add to his plate, he's trying to navigate girls, first kisses, bullies, and having a crush on an older woman.
Will Joel reach his resolutions amongst all his problems?
A slower-paced book, but the author does a good job of constructing its main characters. The plot is intriguing and will appeal to middle school boys, who will be able to relate to Joel's struggles. Readers who like realistic fiction and coming-of-age stories will enjoy reading WHEN THE SNOW FELL.
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