Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen

     Review by:  Sherry

Title:  Snow in Summer

Author: Jane Yolen

Collection:  Juvenile Fiction

With her black hair, red lips, and lily-white skin, Summer is as beautiful as her father’s garden. And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale; her parents sing and dance with her, Cousin Nancy dotes on her, and she is about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he’s born, taking Summer’s mama with him, Summer’s fairy-tale life turns grim. Things get even worse when her father marries a woman who brings poisons and magical mirrors into Summer’s world. Stepmama puts up a pretty face, but Summer suspects she’s up to no good – and is afraid she’s powerless to stop her.

This Snow White tale filled with magic and intrigue during the early twentieth century in Appalachia will be hard to forget.

*Publishers Review*

This version of the Snow White story is haunting and riveting. The setting of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia adds both a candor and purity wrapped in a web of curiosity as we watch Summer’s life transform, first by her mother’s death which causes her father to withdraw from her, and later by the intimidating intrusion of the woman that her father later marries.

I found the story to be endearing and well worth the read.  This is a juvenile book but I would recommend this without a doubt for teen readers as well.

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