A Perfect Snow by Nora Martin

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"See how the wind has smoothed everything over, covering all the tracks and scars like a protective blanket. It's a perfect snow... I just love the way snow hides the messes people make. It's like getting a second chance."
Seventeen-year-old Ben has just moved from a ranch where his dad was the foreman, to a trailer park in a medium-sized town where his dad doesn't have a job. His dad has become friends with a local mechanic who runs what initially seems to be a men's support group but is in fact a white supremacist organization. Ben's dad finds it easy to believe the rhetoric and is soon blaming gays, Jews and other groups for all his problems.

At first, Ben is drawn in and participates in the group's horrible activities, but with the help of new friends who challenge his thinking, he realizes the danger in propagating hatred. Ben may be able to save himself, but have his Dad and younger brother already gone too far?
Recognition
A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People A Junior Library Guild Selection
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"Vividly realized and the timely premise will provoke thought as well as discussion in and out of the classroom."—Booklist
 

About Nora Martin

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Nora Martin is the author of two previous books for children: The Eagles Shadow, which was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and The Stone Dancers. Nora spent several years teaching a weekly poetry class for teenage boys living in a shelter home and now is a school librarian in rural Montana.
 
Published August 1, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 146 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some of the feelings expressed by Ben ring with emotional honesty—“Making that car burn almost made up for every dirty look every name hissed at me from under some creep’s breath”—but others seem forced in their attempt to make Ben over into a good boy: “I went home from Eden’s realizing that she...

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But when he, along with others, throws rocks at an allegedly gay student's windows, the victim's face reminds Ben of his younger brother, David, and Ben feels unexpected remorse.

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