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Snow Lane

by Josie Angelini

Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2018
197 pages pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-15092-9

Ages 10-13

Ten-year-old Annie Bianchi is the youngest of 9 kids in a Catholic family in mid-1980s Massachusetts. Exceptionally bright and creative, Annieís in a class for gifted students despite struggling with dyslexia. Although Annie doesnít always follow the nuances of social interactions, she looks for the good in people and has a wonderful friend at school in her lab partner, Jordan. At home, she doesnít think of her family as poor, or even unusual, although Annie knows her teenage sister Fayís physical abuse and cruelty, usually directed at her sister Nora, is wrong, just as she knows her mother is often overwhelmed. A narrative grounded in Annieís perspective, told in her engaging, ingenuous voice, offers a masterful slow reveal of the larger truths hinted at in small details and occasional dramatic moments that are part of Annieís daily life. Itís not that Annieís an unreliable narrator; itís that she only begins to fully comprehend that things at home are not typical when she gets a glimpse of her family through the perspective of outsiders after Nora runs away. Everything and everyone is more complicated, and more poignant, than at first revealed in this moving, captivating work about family, and resilience, and survival, and the love, in spite of everything, that is never in doubt. ©2018 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center



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