Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
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An unforgettable take on a favorite fairy tale by multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen

Summer's life in the mountains of West Virginia feels like a fairy tale--her parents dote on her, and she's about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he's born, taking their mother with him, Summer's 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 and Summer's father is under her spell, but Summer suspects she's up to no good--and is afraid she is powerless to stop her.

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen ( has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of American storytellers. She's written more than 300 books and has won numerous awards for her writing. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and Saint Andrews, Scotland.
Published November 10, 2011 by Firebird. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Snow in Summer—named after the beautiful white flowers in the front yard and called Summer for short—is 7 years old when her mother dies.

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Drawing from her eponymous short story of 2000, Yolen offers a gripping 20th-century adaptation of Snow White, starring Snow in Summer, a girl growing up in West Virginia in the 1940s.

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City Book Review

You may recognize the elements of a Snow White fairytale, but Jane Yolen has employed her trademark imagination to this well-known fairytale and brought the setting to the mid-1900s in West Virginia.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Jane Yolen, prolific and beloved children’s author returns with Snow in Summer, a ve...

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