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Snow in Summer

Snow in Summer
By Jane Yolen
Philomel
Source: Library
Audience: Tweens, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:

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.


I really liked this book. It's a children's book, but I think it would be better for younger teens, so I decided to review it. I have read a lot of retold fairy tales and I think this is one of the best I've read in a long time. It felt really authentic. It blended the time period with the fairy tale and was not cheesy at all. Also, the author doesn't overdo the fairy tale aspect nor the historical part. 

The only down side was that the "prince" didn't play a big role in it at all - I missed the romance. I did like the ending very much, even though everything happened kind of fast compared to the rest of the story. The best thing about this book is that Summer was smart and there wasn't a ton of focus on her looks. Don't miss this one!


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