Sometimes you read a book that touches are a hard subject and you are left with… what do I say about this book? DO I encourage people to read it? How do I tell them how hard it is to read? Should I let them in on the secret hiding behind the doors? Snow Lane is one such book.
Annie lives on Snow Lane. One of nine siblings, she’s the youngest of the group and smart as a whip. Her dyslexia causes her some problems but doesn’t slow her down too much. Her first day of fifth grade her teacher issued a challenge to her students “I want you to start thinking of your place in the world…. instead of thinking of a job, I want you to think about how your talents could best serve the world…even if you have to invent a whole new career that they don’t have a name for yet, I want you to do it. This year, I want you to find your destiny.”
Annie grabbed a hold of that idea, what could her destiny be?
This thought remained a constant in her life for the rest of the year. Through the tough stuff that happened, and through the friendships she maintained, her openness, honesty and sense of humour proved to an important part of who she was. We saw her so much wanting for the MORE of her family, her questioning of her Catholic faith, and her continued friendships with her schoolmates.
This isn’t what I would call an easy book to read, and a big part of me is hesitant about letting a middle schooler pick it up to read, yet at the same time wanting them to see Annie’s resilience. I think I would be more inclined to want to read this book with them rather than say “here, go read it”. You see that way, when things are tough for Annie and her family, you can talk about them together, and make the understanding and the hardship more manageable. Because that’s important when you are a middle schooler.
Snow Lane Josie Angelini Feiwel and Friends (MacMillan) Trade Paperback, middle school, fiction, chapter book Abuse, Character, Friendship, Loyalty 197 pages Reviewed for: Raincoast Books. Where Can You find it? Amazon Link.
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