Frozen by Mary Casanova

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Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

One day, Sadie Rose stumbles on a half dozen faded, scandalous photographs—pictures, she realizes, of her mother. They release a flood of puzzling memories, and these wisps of the past send her at last into the heart of her own life’s great mystery: who was her mother, and how did she die? Why did her mother work in a brothel—did she have a choice? What really happened that night when a five-year-old girl was found shivering in a snowbank, her voice and identity abruptly shattered?

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.


About Mary Casanova

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Mary Casanova is the author of thirty books, ranging from the picture book One-Dog Canoe to the historical fiction novel The Klipfish Code. Her awards include an American Library Association "Notable," Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, a Parent's Choice Gold Award, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. Much of her inspiration comes from where she lives on the Minnesota-Canadian border, and she loves to explore the northwoods with her husband, Charlie, and their two horses and three dogs.
Published August 24, 2012 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 264 pages
Genres: Young Adult, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, mute since her mother's murder 11 years ago, finds her voice again.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this suspenseful historical novel set in northern Minnesota in 1920, 16-year-old narrator Sadie Rose, who has been mute since her mother's murder 11 years before, discovers clues to the trauma that silenced her ("Other than an occasional cry or moan, my voice had died with Mama years ago.

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Mary Casanova was paging through a book of local history a few years ago when she happened upon a heart-stopping anecdote: In the early 1900s, a prostitute in the northern Minnesota town of Northome had died in the snow, and someone thought it would be amusing to drag the frozen body into the Cit...

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"Frozen" by Mary Casanova tells the tale of Sadie Rose, an orphan who finds her identity and makes her way in the world, especially when all seems lost.

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Historical Novel Society

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose remembers very little of the time before she went to live with the Worthingtons at age five;

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

From the moment she wondered if she was just a bored teenager during the summer months (as true today as it was almost 100 years ago), through her quest for the truth, Sadie Rose’s story—as told in Mary Casanova's Frozen—was compelling.

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