"The strength of Whiteout lies in the depiction of Robin as a typical pre-teen, too self-absorbed and too immature to understand or comprehend the real pain and dislocation being suffered by her cousin April... The second strength of this novel for young adolescents is the setting in the beautiful and unspoiled BC interior which provides a great location for nature on the grand scale, contrasted with human frailties. Recommended."
"Sure to please readers looking for a story which engages from the beginning and moves quickly to a satisfying ending."
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Christmas at Robin's house always begins the same way. It always begins with Aunt Liz and Cousin April, who is like Robin's sister, travelling to the ranch from the city. It always begins with the search for the perfect Christmas tree. It always begins with mincemeat pie and tree decorating. Robin counted on it. This year, though, did not begin that way and Robin was not at all pleased. In fact, she was quite irritated, at least until the phone call. That is when she knew the reason why everything had changed. EVERYTHING changed. Just like that. Every relationship she held dear changed in one single moment and it was her fault. This is an interesting lesson on how perspective influences our decisions, our actions and our attitudes. It is also a great lesson in getting over oneself in order to understand someone else. Good read for girls. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
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There were a lot of things they should have done, Robin realized, as the cold formed an icy ball inside her chest. The emergency survival pack—why had she forgotten to grab that? She though miserably of all the things inside it—matches, a space blanket, a tiny stove...
This was stupid. They should go back. People died of hypothermia in this kind of weather.