Blizzard's Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Ever since fifteen-year-old Kate Sterling's mother died four years ago, nothing has been the same. Filled with resentment and sadness, and trying to fill the void left by her mother, Kate has shut herself off from the world and her family.
Zeke Dexter is heading home to begin a new life after completing his prison term, but he is filled with anxiety. Will anyone in his small town be able to forget his shameful past -- or the crime he committed -- and let him start anew? And if he's not welcomed at home, where else could he go?
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor weaves a taut, gripping story about grief, determination, and healing as the lives of the Sterling family and Zeke Dexter bind together. Set against the actual events of the March 1941 blizzard, Naylor's touching new period novel will be welcomed by her many fans.

About Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor writes for both children and adults and is the author of more than one hundred books, including the Alice series and the Bernie Magruder novels. In 1992, her novel Shiloh won the Newbery Medal. Mrs. Naylor lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband Rex. She is the mother of two sons, both grown and married, and has two granddaughters.
Published October 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this taut novel set in 1941 North Dakota, Naylor (Shiloh; the Alice books) brings together a number of freak occurrences—and joins them so skillfully th

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Naylor doesn't shy away from Kate's darkest feelings (assisting her father in a makeshift operation, for example, Kate administers Zeke's ether and must resist her urge to give him too much—or too little).

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