Winterling

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Jennifer—

Things here have gotten very bad.

My girl, when you opened the Way, something happened. It has been weeks since you left, and spring has still not come. The rains continue, every day. Winter has been creeping back in. The river through town is flooding, and none of the farmers have been able to put in their crops.

I am afraid that ...

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Overview

Jennifer—

Things here have gotten very bad.

My girl, when you opened the Way, something happened. It has been weeks since you left, and spring has still not come. The rains continue, every day. Winter has been creeping back in. The river through town is flooding, and none of the farmers have been able to put in their crops.

I am afraid that something from that world is spilling over into ours.

You must come home at once. I need you here.

But Fer can't go home yet. Ever since she went through the Way, she's felt an attachment to this new world and its magic, and senses that it is perilously out of balance. The key to healing the land and defeating its powerful ruler lies in Fer's past and the parents she never knew. She must discover who she is and unleash her inner warrior before the worlds on both sides of the Way plunge into a never-ending winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Having no memory of her parents and having been raised by her Grandmother, Fer has always felt different. The forest seems to speak to her in a way that feels more real than her quiet life on the farm. One day Fer stumbles across an injured creature who looks part boy and part something else. Fer rescues the creature and unknowingly embarks on an adventure that will change her life. The boy knows Fer's true identity and the power she possesses. He invites her to come with him into the forest and through the Way, a passage that leads to his mysterious and dangerous world. Fer feels an immediate attachment to this new magical world and knows that here she will find the answers to the questions about her missing parents. But a wicked and powerful huntress named the Mor rules this land and has other ideas for Fer. Unbeknownst to Fer, the Mor murdered the true Lady of the Land who was Fer's mother. The Mor's magic is no longer strong enough to keep the land in balance and now both worlds are on the verge of descending into endless winter. Fer discovers she has her mother's power and can restore balance to the land, but needs help from the creatures of this world to defeat the wicked Mor. This is an imaginative tale of magic, adventure, and friendship. The characters are well developed and keep you cheering for good and against evil. This book is well-written and will definitely appeal to fans of fantasy. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
School Library Journal
Gr5–7—It's almost spring, and all Fer wants is to be outside. However, all her grandmother wants is for her to be anywhere but outside. Fer doesn't know why until she runs away and accidentally opens a Way in the woods, through which comes a small boy (but he's really something else) and three very scary looking wolves. Little does Fer know that her life has just changed forever, as her adventures take her into a world of perpetual winter, where something is obviously very wrong. C.S. Lewis meets Lewis Carroll in Sarah Prineas's new take (HarperCollins, 2012) on old magic and alternate worlds, with enough originality to be interesting for fans of both. While the ending is somewhat predictable, the author doesn't take the most expected route to get there, and there are some surprises along the way. Erin Moon provides the narration, giving each character an appropriate and distinct voice.—Michaela B. Schied, Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An atmospheric middle-grade fantasy ties the coming of age to the turning of the year. Young Fer (short for "Jennifer") loves her strict Grand-Jane and the herbal lore she teaches, but she feels more at home in the woods and fields than in the concrete and iron cage of her school. When she rescues the shapeshifting puck Rook, Fer opens a Way into a place of wild beauty, deep magic and strange half-human denizens. The land's glamorous Lady claims friendship with Fer's lost parents and begs her allegiance, but Fer senses something deeply wrong: something that holds Rook sullen and silent, forces the people into savagery and keeps the land in the grip of relentless winter… something that is now spreading to Fer's home. Prineas calls upon Celtic (and a few Nordic) traditions to build a vivid fantasy world, steeped in pagan sensibilities, where the cycle of seasons resonates with the awakening of identity. The prose is lush and sensuous, evoking the sounds and tastes and scents of the natural world. Unusually, almost every character (except the puck-in-distress) is female, portrayed in all ages and roles--authority, hero, villain, mentor, warrior, healer, servant and goddess. Fer is herself brave and kind, but not unrealistically so; her magic is both matter-of-fact and a source of quiet joy. There's no flashy pyrotechnic wizardry to dazzle here, but the right readers will find refreshment in a tale as muted and miraculous as the return of spring. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061921056
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 320,910
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa and can usually be found writing fantasy novels on a stealthy silver MacBook Air called Dash. Prineas's Magic Thief series introduced readers to the irascible wizard Nevery and his gutterboy apprentice, Connwaer. Sarah holds a PhD in English literature and recently taught honors seminars on fantasy and science fiction literature at the University of Iowa. She has an amazing dragon action-figure collection and occasionally bakes biscuits (although she says hers never seem to turn out as tasty as Benet's do in The Magic Thief). She is also the author of Winterling, Summerkin, and Moonkind.

Sarah is married to John Prineas, a physics professor, which comes in handy when she's writing about magic. They are the parents of Maud and Theo.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    A book that makes you feel like a kid again

    Jennifer lives with her grandmother who likes to keep her inside and teaches her about the power of herbs, but Fer has always felt more like herself when she is outside feeling the fresh air and nature calling for her.
    One day she can't take it anymore and she runs outside in the middle of the night, she ends up saving what she thought was a big dog but ends up being a boy around her age, this mysterious boy with yellow eyes that leaves Fer with doubts of who she is and starts to question how much her grandmother really knows about the parents she never knew.
    Fer is soon called into this other world and thirsty for answers she follows, once in the new world she feels like she finally belongs, but she also feels that there is something wrong with the land.
    While Fer try's to learn as much as possible of this land full of magic, she learns that the wrongness of the lands is affecting everyone that follows the lady of the land. And the desperation from the lady to keep Fer from asking to much questions and the lady's efforts to bring Fer to her side, push Fer into questioning everything and finding out the truth about her parents and this strange land where magic is real and oaths hold true power, even more. But is she ready to know the answers?

    This is a book that both adults and kids can enjoy, for the adults I feel this book brings out the little kid in you and the story is interesting and leaves the kids with a good message. Sarah Prineas creates a world that is unique, easy to imagine, read and get lost in.
    As I read this book it brought up that sense of curiosity that felt child like, a need to know what happens next, how Fer is going to fend against the latest threat or lie that comes her way.
    Honestly I don't have kids, but I feel like it would be the perfect book to share with the little ones, in my case my little cousins. I can't wait to discover what other things Sarah Prineas has written nor can I wait to see how the Winterling series will turn out.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Excellent book for middle grade readers and those ready for more

    Excellent book for middle grade readers and those ready for more than just MG. My 10 year old advanced reader son devoured this in about a day and a half. Very richly detailed, wonderful imagery, engrossing story.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Awesome sample

    Omg! I really want to buy this book now!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Awesome!!!!!!!

    I couldn't put this book down, it was so amazing. This book is great for anyone who loves adventure. ;)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Peace out

    I read the sample and this book sounds great





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    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Omg

    Omg i luv thid book

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Good book

    This book is like the story of Mozes read it and youll see

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Looks good

    Omfg im the fst t wt a rviw yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ah yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa so happy so happy ps exited to read this book. My name is brooks and i go to pound middle shcool lincoln nebraska and im very happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :{)

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Pages

    How many pages is this book plz tell me soon i realy need to know

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    this was awsome!!!

    It makes you fall off your seat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Amazling great!!!!!!!

    I real like it because you never no whats going to happen in it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Harry Potter meets Narnia

    Bought the book just because it was on sale. Loved it! There is a sequal now too!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Awsome

    This book is a great mix of mystery, adventure, and fiction

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    This book was fantastic! I was skeptical at first but the more I

    This book was fantastic! I was skeptical at first but the more I read the less likely i was to put it down. The beginning might drag a little bit but it picks up pretty quick. Fer is a likeable character, and i don't particularly like female characters, so hurray. That being said my FAVORITE character forever is of course Rook. He's amazing. The book seemed a little quick paced but I understand the first books of series tend to focus on setting the stage for the story. Book two is everything i could dream for.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    Enjoyable

    It was a short story i liked the characters Fer/Puck

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Awesome

    This book has 154 pages but it is worth it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Great book

    OMG READ IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    No way.......

    I love this book but seriously? Last week this book was $1.99!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    A good story and age appropriate

    I like stories for girls where the girl is strong and self sufficient.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    not sure

    I'm not sure wethir to buy the book or not because the reviews look good at least most of them so i think im going to buy it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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