Monday, January 19, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

The Snow Merchant
by Sam Gayton

Amazon Description:
Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, with no one to talk to but Periwinkle the pigeon. Her days are filled with floor-sweeping, bed-making and soup-stirring. Her dreams are filled with memories of her mother, who vanished long ago. Nothing incredible has ever happened to Lettie, until one winter’s night.

The night the Snow Merchant comes.

He claims to be an alchemist—the greatest that ever lived—and in a mahogany suitcase, he carries his newest invention.

It is an invention that will change Lettie’s life—and the world—forever.

The Snow Merchant is a fantasy filled with family secrets, magical transformations and wild adventure.

My Thoughts:
If you're a fan of novels by Neil Gaiman or Catherynne M. Valente, then you'll love Sam Gayton's The Snow Merchant. Whimsical, imaginative, and laced with life lessons, this middle grade novel is truly magical. The protagonist, Lettie, finds courage and determination when she embarks on an extraordinary journey to locate not only her mother, but the mysterious secret of snow. Along the way, she meets a fascinating friend in the character of Noah, and discovers that one's imagination is to be more treasured than riches. I highly recommend The Snow Merchant to readers from the ages of eight to fourteen.

Click here to learn more about the author, Sam Gayton.

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