Monday, December 8, 2014
by Michelle Houts
Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk.
WinterFrost is the latest middle grade book written by Michelle Houts - it's just delightful. Since I enjoy Scandinavian culture, it was a real treat for me to read this imaginative Nordic novel. The whimsical world of the nisse that the author has created is in keeping with the legends of Lapland, but whether or not you're Scandinavian, this book would be a great read this holiday season. I would highly recommend WinterFrost to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.
Click here to learn more about the author, Michelle Houts.