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Into The Land of Snows Paperback – February 1, 2012

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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: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,105,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is much more than a superb coming-of-age novel. At one level it is a Bildungsroman about a sixteen year-old American boy's learning about life, and the truth about his parents' divorce while on a trekking tour in the Himalayas with an experienced Sherpa guide. But the book is also about the purity of the high mountains and the life lessons one learns when confronting oneself and one's fears at these elevated heights. On a third plane, this is also a book about Buddhism, a book that teaches without preaching. I was attracted to this book after reading an article on the author's blog and can recommend it without reservation to anyone who sees life as a magical journey of growth and discovery.
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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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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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Ellis Nelson writes as one who knows of being in the land of snows, of being with the Himalayans, Sherpas, Monks, Lamas and hence the beginning of an amazing life changing experience by Blake McCormack, Ellis Nelson’s main character in this fascinating novel. I came upon this amazing story by chance and did not even read the book description. The title alone was compelling. The story begins with the angst of a young 17 year old boy, Blake, who is angry at his parents. Blake is forced by his physician father to accompany him to the Himalayans to help at the base camp at Mount Everest, but here the story takes a life changing turn for Blake and then the real story begins. Into the Land of Snows takes the reader into a world so different, so beautifully challenging in its vision of life that the reader is drawn-in completely. So strong is the vision presented in this book it may even change the being within you.
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A mystical journey to savor for any age reader. The author creates an intriguing world of mystery and illusion. As young Blake deals with his personal struggles the Land of Snows teaches him valuable life lessons. A very enjoyable read.
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Into the Land of Snows is a thoughtful journey into the soul of the protagonist, Blake, but also into the soul of the reader. As the plot unfolds in a pristine landscape foreign to Blake and also to me, Nelson aptly shows us what a real relationship to the Earth looks (and feels) like. Having been raised in contemporary California and moved to Ohio, Blake is completely unprepared for the journey his father, a physician, has instigated. The rugged mountains (including Everest) that he encounters are apt metaphors for the spiritual peaks and valleys he navigate in order to understand who he really is and what has become of his life. He and his Sherpa guide, Ang, journey from monastery to monastery gently teaching Blake the difference between material success and inner awareness. Along the way, Blake learns basic Buddhist principals that he is eventually able to apply to his own life. In the Buddhist manner, these principals are shown, not forced, and it is up to Blake to make the connections or not.

Into the Land of Snows is a eminently readable YA novel that moves quickly and adeptly through many mystical twists and turns. A very fast and enjoyable read! I recommend it highly to YA audiences, but to adults as well.
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