- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 780 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681191318
- ISBN-13: 978-1681191317
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prisoner of Ice and Snow Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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Gr 4–7—Valor aims, fires, and misses her shot at Prince Anthol, whom she has known for all of her 13 years. With that shot, she is guaranteed to end up in Tyur'ma, the ice-cold children's prison where the inmates labor in mines, have barely enough to eat, and as punishment are forced to sleep outside in the snow. Valor couldn't be more pleased. With her twin, Sasha, locked away for stealing a music box important to the political health of the city, Valor is determined to break her sister out of the supposedly inescapable prison. Valor soon realizes that she cannot keep this a secret and finds herself forced to ally with those whom she does not know if she can trust. The end leaves room for a promised sequel but has a satisfying enough resolution to work as a stand-alone. Though set in a real Russian town called Demidova, the novel feels like a modern take on a Russian folktale where queens rule, women are trained to expertly bowhunt, and packs of wolves make the frozen tundra dangerous for humans. Lauren crafts the scene with just enough description, along the way creating believable characters who keep morphing as Valor learns more about who they are and their motivations. The plot keeps readers guessing and maintains a suspenseful tension throughout. VERDICT Anyone who likes adventure, survival stories, folktales, or novels with strong female protagonists will not be able to put this down.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
"Anyone who likes adventure, survival stories, folktales, or novels with strong female protagonists will not be able to put this down." - starred review, School Library Journal
"A fast-paced adventure . . . Palace intrigue and diplomatic double-crosses play their part in the thematic arc, which sets up nicely for a sequel." - Booklist
"Readers will . . . root for the defiant Valor . . . and they’ll cheer her eventual success." - BCCB
"Valor is both true to her name and resourceful . . . A page-turner with an intrepid protagonist." - Kirkus Reviews
"Full of satisfying twists and turns, not to mention a unique matriarchal society, Valor's tale will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish." - Molly Olivo, Barstons Child’s Play (Washington, DC)
"Ruth Lauren builds her story with skill and exquisite detail. The prose sings out and draws readers in with an intriguing plot and characters bursting with conviction. A terrific middle grade read." - Book Riot
"Prisoner of Ice and Snow is an exciting, fast-paced story, full of twists and turns. Valor is an engaging heroine who never loses courage, even when everything goes wrong. I was captivated from the first word to the last. This is a story readers will love again and again!" - Jennifer A. Nielsen, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE
"Action-packed and full of heart, Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a riveting tale of betrayal, intrigue, and the love between two sisters. Valor’s determination and the risks she takes to save her beloved twin will have you rooting for her from the very first page." - Aimée Carter, author of SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN
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Top Customer Reviews
Valor is a girl on a mission with tons of will-power, and the sisterly bond is heart-warming. The other characters dabble the pages, and open up the entire world. The 'bad guy' is really easy to dislike. . .perhaps a bit too much so. Although there was reasoning for the Princess's behavior, it wasn't as strong as it might have been. And her surrounding family's behavior tended to be simply harsh at times. Still, there's a classic bad versus good which keep the reader on the edge of the seat until the end.
The world comes to life in its descriptions. It's not a sweet place, but full of hardness. It was easy to picture Valor as she battled and survived her way through, although I did find myself skipping paragraphs every now especially at the beginning. Still, the cold chills, the danger tenses the muscles and surroundings thrown into an icy world which is hard to forget.
Summed up, this is a lovely fantasy tale for especially girls. Valor is a heroine to cheer for, and it's a world to get lost in, which guarantees tons of action and adventure.
I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley.
This was such a great novel. I love the world that Ruth Lauren has created. I could almost feel the cold from setting blanketed in a sheet of snow. The book itself is very character driven, which was awesome because I adored the characters.
Valor was brave and loyal. It was easy for me to like her, especially due to the strong bond she has with her sister Sasha and her determination to put her first and save her.
The book was fun and exciting to follow. Sometimes I forget the age of these kids as they try to find a way to escape the Prison and hopefully reveal the real thief. So as a reader, you have to keep in mind that this is a middle grade fantasy and suspend your disbelief by just jumping in and embracing the story for what it is.
I thought the writing itself was really wonderful and one of the best in Middle Grade books that I have come across. It was just so easy for me to lose myself in the story and it was just so well done. Like I have mentioned, sometimes I would even forget that this is a middle grade book largely due to the authors writing.
The pacing was really fast so I never had a moment where I was bored. I wanted it to last and was a little sad when it was over. It’s a great page turner and it kept me interested.
Overall, this book was a ton of fun and I think it be a great addition to Middle Grade reader’s bookshelf. Not only due to it’s interesting, different setting, but also due to the wonderful cast of characters and writing.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When Valor's sister, Sasha, is sent to prison for allegedly stealing a very important music box from the royal family, she makes an attempt on the prince's life so she will be sent to prison as well. Armed with memorized passages beneath the prison and a plan to get her sister and escape, she immerses herself into her incarceration within the children's prison. She soon makes friends but must learn who she can and cannot trust in this harsh new world.
I enjoyed this from start to finish. We are immediately caught up in Valor's reckless attempt to become a criminal so she will be sent to Tyur'ma, an all children's prison that no one has escaped in over 300 years. While there, she causes plenty of trouble for herself and others with her rash acts. She makes a few friends and a few enemies but she never strays from her goal of finding her sister and escaping.
Our main character is fiercely independent and determined, keeping family and friendship as the motivation for her endeavors. She is brave and loyal to a fault. I really enjoyed the close relationship between the sisters and how far Valor was willing to go to save her.
This is Prison Break for children but set in a terribly harsh environment and definitely worth the read!
I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ruth Lauren wove a great tale of deception that kept me guessing. The story is fast-paced with a character full of courage. Valor vows to break her sister out of Demidova’s prison where no one has escaped in centuries! Oh yeah, I should mention her sister’s serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family. I frequently cringed when Valor talked to another prisoner, worried she’d be exposed for her plans to escape. Punishment within Demidova’s prison were beyond harsh, often ending in a prisoner’s death. And oh my goodness, Ruth painted such a wintry picture of the prison, I stayed bundled in my quilt while reading. Seriously, this is a great read that’ll leave you rooting for Valor and her sister to escape Demidova! (And hoping she’ll wallop a few heads on her way.)
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