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Length: 100 pages

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  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Studio City; 1 edition (September 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041VYN8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joel Arnold is the author of several novels. His short stories and articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including WEIRD TALES, CHIZINE, AMERICAN ROAD MAGAZINE and Cemetery Dance's anthology SHIVERS VII. In 2010 he received both a MN Artists Initiative Grant as well as the Speculative Literature Foundation's Gulliver Travel & Research Grant.

Arnold teaches writing at student workshops throughout Minnesota and has given presentations about the Ox Cart trails of Minnesota and the Dakotas to several historical societies and other groups interested in history. He also serves as the literary director for the Savage Arts Council.

Arnold lives near the Twin Cities in Minnesota with his wife, two kids, two cats, a dog and a ball python. Plus he makes a mean coffee cake.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Blake on October 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

Two boys decide to have a mini-adventure, camping overnight in the nearby woods. But when an unexpected blizzard hampers them and they find something in the woods, this might be an adventure that ends in disaster.

"Snow Burn" is a short to-the-point thriller for young adults.

The adventurous Vince convinces his friend Tommy to accompany him on a small camping excursion in the snow. What was intended to be an opportunity for a standard boyish lark becomes complicated by the onset of blizzard conditions. But the boys' troubles are not over as they uncover a body in the snow, an unknown body, a body that is still alive.

A harmless adventure becomes a struggle to make it through the night, fighting weather conditions and a dangerous stranger. Tommy's white lie to his protective parents about his whereabouts becomes a potentially fatal mistake and when the confident Vince becomes incapacitated, Tommy's chances for survival start to look slim.

There is quite a bit of tension in this novel/novella but I don't think it broaches the adults-only territory. I think young readers will appreciate the initial adventure of camping out in an igloo in the woods and will get a thrill out of the predicament the boys find themselves in.

I was also impressed that the boys read very much like boys of that age. I didn't feel like the author was writing about two adults that he was creating in the shape of adolescents; the behaviours and reactions felt pretty genuine to me.

Being a fairly small story, there isn't much in the way of character development. However, you still get a pretty good sense of who these boys are - to each other and to themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarah on April 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't read that many suspense novels, but it is a genre that I enjoy. Snow Burn was a rather quick read that evoked a surprising amount of emotion and internal debate.

Both of the main characters (Tommy and Vince) are surprisingly well developed for a 70+ page story. True, they sometimes seem one-dimensional, but honestly, you cannot expect perfect characterization here. Like I said before, this is an extremely quick read and it is suppose to be a suspense novel. It simply would not work if the author was to drone on about the characters for pages at a time, it would mess up entire feel of the story.

The character of Tommy easy to relate to, I was the kid in high school that never really did anything. I wasn't as extreme of a case as Tommy, but I definitely followed the rules. Tommy has lived an incredibly sheltered life and always does what he is told. He worries about everything and wants to spend his weekend of freedom in the safety of Vince's house. He wants to stay up all night, watch old scary movies and drink tons of pop. I would have been right there next to Tommy watching a horror movie marathon. No house parties in sight, no crazy shenanigans, nothing that could get me in a lot of trouble.That being said, I much preferred the character of Vince; Tommys best friend and partner in crime. He certainly isn't perfect, in fact he is always the one to get the boys in trouble, but he is undeniably interesting. There were plenty of times I wanted to smack him upside the head, but I was always waiting to see what he would do, or say next.

As far as the dialogue goes - it seemed realistic enough to me. It is what I always pictured teenage boys sounding like, right down to the hot mom comments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E aka Lockette on March 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Snow Burn is a novel about two teen boys who decide to go on a winter adventure without their parents' knowledge and end up getting into way more trouble than they could have ever imagined. The main characters, Tommy and Vince, end up going on a winter campout when their parents are away. What seems like a harmless adventure turns into a nightmare when the boys find a half-frozen man and decide to help him and things end up taking a scary turn, forcing the boys to see how far they will go to save their lives. Told from a high-school boy's perspective, the story telling is very true to life and the characters are well developed. The conversations in the book reminded me of all the guy talk I overheard in the halls in my high school. From the first page, the author had my attention. The characters were likable, very believable and the story unique and entertaining. In a world full of novels directed at teen girls and bookshelves that seem to be full of fantasy and science fiction for teen boys, to have such a believable, unique story and well-written book aimed at mid-teen boys is very refreshing. I have read a few other books by this same author and have always found his writing to be exceptional and have never been disappointed. Snow Burn is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone, especially for the teen boy looking for something original, entertaining and fast-paced; you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Hidden on March 14, 2011
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Tommy looks forward to a horror movie marathon overnight at his friend's house, a Cambodian refugee named Vince. But with his parents away for the weekend, Vince has more adventurous plans...winter camping a mile from a state park's entrance.

Their night in their homemade igloo is interrupted when the boys bring in a near-death man with a colorful past. Their night of freedom turns out to be one of captivity as their igloo guest has a different plan for the evening. Will the boys get back to civilization unharmed?

The beginning questions interspersed through the chapters ask the reader a repeating moral question in different scenarios. The questions get more difficult as the book goes on and it was neat to see how he incorporated these seamlessly in the rest of the book.

I don't want to give any plot spoilers, but I could suspend my disbelief a few times in the book. I think the plot was well thought out and mostly plausible. Almost at the very end of the book, I did think "They got there already??" because the original trip made it sound much longer. But overall, the characters were believable and multi-dimensional, the plot was complex, and the writing was smooth. I enjoyed this story a great deal and I'm sure some young adult, especially male, readers would love this book too.
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