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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938257014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938257018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,347,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So strong is the vision presented in this book it may even change the being within you.
KDowdall
Well-written with engaging and believable characters, this story has it all: adventure, mystery, magic, and wisdom.
Naomi C. Rose
I would recommend this book for light reading, as it was a gentle breeze reading this book!
elisam

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Robinson on October 28, 2012
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I love novels about self discovery; in fact, I just wrote one myself, but Into the Land of Snows, by Ellis Nelson, is awash with discoveries of every shape and size one's human mind could imagine. Yes, this is a "YA" novel, but to call it a cross-over, or even transcendent, would not be an exaggeration. I began "working with" young people when I still was one of them, and from church programs, to inner NYC drug rehab programs, to teenagers who simply walked into my garage office, introduced themselves, and pointed to my chess board while asking if I'd like to play, for 61 years they have just appeared in my life, uninvited, as if there were a neon sign over my head blinking "This guy will hear you." So when I tell you that the novel's protagonist is real, please understand that young men like Blake McCormack have eaten pizza at my house, educated me about Life, the Universe, and Everything, and taught me their favorite games.

Blake's home life is badly shaken by divorce, and like most intelligent young people, he feels resentful and ill-informed. Teenagers strike out relentlessly, attempting to convince themselves (and their parents) that their level of practical and cosmic understanding is adequate, and Blake is no exception, but what drew me to this young man was (despite his bitterness and his hormonally charged and emotionally turbulent adolescence) his refusal to shut down when confronted with new, and even unlikely, information. My daughter, a loving and open-hearted only child, grew up with a life-long string "big brothers" she nicknamed "lost boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Olson on July 25, 2012
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When my boyfriend recommended the book to me, I didn't really know what to expect. I have had no experiece with mountain climbing, Tibetan and Buddhist philosophy what so ever, but this book opened up this new culture. I found this story very well balanced between the real world and the magical world. How the author was able to tie modern day mountain climbing with Tibetan magic was spetacular and I really liked the ending. I usually read books about troubled teens and society and so from the second i opened the book, I felt like I could relate to Blake. I feel like i would act in a similar way if I was put in that situation and the author does a great job at explaining the deepness of Tibetan culture. A great book overall :) :) :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naomi C. Rose on April 5, 2012
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In Ellis Nelson's well-crafted story, we journey along with the main character into a land where wisdom and mysticism continue to thrive. The brilliance of Nelson's work is that she takes a contemporary problem (Blake, a teen-aged boy acts out when faced with divorce and a distant father) and places it smack dab in the middle of an exotic land, a land that offers ancient and powerful ways to transcend our modern day problems. As we witness Blake's rites of passage, we find ourselves changed as well. Well-written with engaging and believable characters, this story has it all: adventure, mystery, magic, and wisdom. A great read for youth and adults!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TOM8PIE on May 19, 2013
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"Into the Land of Snows" is a penetrating novel (suitable for young and old alike) that impressively delves into the adventures of a young man, Blake, as he explores the enigmatic and mystifyingly pure domain of the Himalayan region. Nelson's book faithfully reflects the true, pristine, raw, deeply reverent -- in terms of seeking the truly sacred -- atmosphere of the region. Her book reveals how splendidly innocent, caring, down-to-earth, and "immersed in exploring reality" the region's people tend to be. Indeed, the Sherpa people of that region have long been known for their physical longevity, kind disposition, and deep religiosity.

Nelson takes us along with the young man... having us share in his baffling and mystical adventures (in a way that enables us to feel as if we are there ourselves, in the midst of the majestic, magnificent universal life forces). The difficult steps that he takes, concerning adjusting to the steep inclines and ultra-thin atmosphere, concomitantly mesh with his difficult and conflicting thoughts (concerning his relationship with his family, his culture, and his complicated world). Nelson effectively puts us in his shoes, and we (too) share in the seemingly insurmountable mental difficulties and mysterious (unfathomable) terrains, which Blake must courageously face.

I deeply enjoyed how Nelson reveals how the Himalayas is an unspoiled, innocent region; it contains something that -- unfortunately and regrettably -- our so-called modern, materialistic culture has lost. Largely (which may coincide with their lofty mountains) the beautiful Sherpa people base their lives mostly around touching and encountering the sacred, the divine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis DePriest on September 1, 2012
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What remains with me most about this book is that I thought it perfectly captured the tightrope of going through adolescence, with one foot in the land of childhood and one foot in the world of adulthood. You don't have all the information you need to become an adult (because adults are keeping it from you)and when you do have it, you don't have enough life experience to really put it into context. It's a perilous time of life.
In "Into The Land of Snows", Blake gets both the information he needs, and the life experience with which to measure it. Forced to take a difficult journey from base camp to Katmandu on foot--and then a side journey of discovery--Blake learns to balance his Goth persona in America with a better perspective of himself and the important people in his life. His Sherpa guide, Ang, gets in trouble at one point, so that Blake must set out alone to save him instead of the other way around.
It's a great adventure tale--at every turn, Blake and Ang are confronted with some new wonder of the Himalayas--with a mystery at its heart. (What exactly is the meaning of the mysterious camera, and what is Blake to do with what he learns?)In perhaps the climactic moment of the novel, Blake truly experiences what Ang, who is both his guide and teacher, has been trying to tell him--perception is powerful and can be both deceptive and "real".
A great YA novel--enough to challenge YA readers to understand and perhaps learn more, and smart enough to engage adult readers as well.
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Writer of Young Adult & Children's Fiction:

Ellis Nelson has served as an Air Force officer, government contractor, and teacher. She has had an interest in Buddhism since childhood. Currently, she lives in the Denver area with her husband. (www.ellisnelson.com)


Mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. WB Yeats

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