By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 27, 2011
Enter to win one of two signed copies of The Taste of Snow by Stephen V. Masse.
It’s time to “adventure” into the holidays! After Nicole Kinder’s first taste of a magical candy cane, it seems the whole world becomes more colorful, more delicious, and more dangerous. Giveaway begins November 28, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 26, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Reading level: Ages 8-14
Hardcover: 207 pages
Book overview: When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is given a candy cane by the mysterious shopkeeper, Boznik, who tells her that the candy cane is magic. After her first taste, it seems the whole world becomes more colorful, more delicious, and more dangerous. A quarrel between students on the tram home from school leads Nicole to intervene, beginning a frightening series of events that threaten Nicole. She finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. She finds no help from the magic candy cane, and decides she must return it to the shopkeeper.
About the author: Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a composition book. His children’s books are Shadow Stealer (Dillon Press, 1988) and Short Circus (Good Harbor Press, 2010). In addition, Masse wrote A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as Honorable Mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season.
For more information, visit: www.stephenvmasse.com
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What a gorgeous cover. Magic candy canes, what a great idea. Sounds like a fun book.
What sweet cover art! And, I am sure that the story is lovely as well. I am rooting for winter where we are, so this book seems like a neat possible choice for our winter reading. Thank you for opening up this giveaway to ALL. Cannot even tell you how excited I am. Have a great day. Blessings…
The cover art for this book is beautiful. I can’t help but think of one of my all time favorite stories (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) when I read this book’s description. I would love the opportunity to read this and share it with my followers.
Congratulations to these two lucky winners: Jane Maritz and Yvonne Jefferson! Keep an eye on your mailbox, your books will be arriving very soon.