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"Dry humour, a slightly insane imagination and a highly personable hero make Lekich's new novel wholly refreshing...This crime comedy is made all the more entertaining by its cast of eccentric characters, but none is more winsome than Henry—who steals cars only so he can organize his thoughts; tidies the houses of those he robs; and brings a clever, comical bemusement to his own story. Delightful." (The Toronto Star 2012-03-31)

"It is almost impossible not to like Henry Hollaway...Lekich has provided Henry with an engaging story and a powerful voice. He has created a novel that has both a retro feel and contemporary issues...Lekich encourages us to think we can predict what will happen and then always surprises us. While we are left unsure of Henry's next steps, we feel confident that he has a bright and happy future. Recommended." (CM Magazine 2012-04-06)

"A book rich with simple complexities and deadpan one-liners that brilliant comics will wish they had written...This is fiction that I wish were targeted to adults. Not because the book might tempt youth to glamorize crime or emulate Holloway, but because it takes certain experience and perspective to fully appreciate its deeper meaning and elegant writing. Lekich is a writer's writer. No question....The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls reverberates with the genuine, essential stuff. Stuff that (unlike all that's mean and wrong with the world) never makes the evening news. Profound meaning can be found in the smallest gesture. Echoes of the ages resound in the philosophical, social and moral ideas...Every character is flawed but inherently noble." (www.thewayofwords.com 2012-04-09)

"Henry has a gift for understated humour and the plot is full of surprising twists and turns, sometimes solemn and sometimes very funny. Even the quirky characters—and the Wingates, in particular, are extraordinarily odd—have a refreshingly different quirkiness to them. Readers will be engaged by Henry's predicaments, his honesty (when crime isn't involved) and his unique moral code. They will certainly laugh and they might even pick up the odd security tip." (Canadian Children's Book News 2012-04-01)

"There are plenty of amusing parts and the language...is playful and Runyon-esque...This is a charming, funny coming-of-age story with terrific writing, characters to root for, and a completely satisfying ending to a silly caper." (School Library Journal 2012-05-01)

"This amiable tale of misadventure is a sweet, entertaining read with a good moral compass. The author has a delightful sense of playfulness and imagery, and provides many feel-good moments. The tone is light and the story sprinkled with all the usual teen angst plus that which is felt by a surprisingly moral fifteen-year-old thief." (VOYA 2012-06-01)

"Lekich's characters in The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls are the treasures that readers look for in great fiction. They are unique and true to themselves, good or bad, and evolving." (CanLit for Little Canadians blog 2012-06-10)

"What a voice! With wit and a wondrous imagination John Lekich has crafted a character I will long remember and admire...As readers we meet an incredibly diverse slate of characters, unconventional and wise, empathetic to Henry's plight and gullibly welcoming to all visitors. Henry comes in contact with people who have an impact on the decisions he makes, and he is averse to hurting them. You don't want to miss meeting any of them." (Sal's Fiction Addiction blog 2012-06-17)

"An excellent read—funny, witty, and perfect for the young adult group...Recommended for any YA or high school library." (Jane on Books blog 2012-06-30)

"Lekich has created a character worth caring about...For those who enjoy quirky characters and stories of redemption, this is a good bet." (Booklist Online 2012-05-29)

"Sweet-tempered and hugely enjoyable." (Vancouver Public Library, Staff Fiction Picks 2012-09-01)

"With his impeccable writing skills, author John Lekich has created an antagonist who is also a protagonist. Despite his foibles, Henry is both comical and pitiful, lovable and enviable...There is not a 'cutsie' ending to this story. It is authentic, unpredictable and humorous. Young readers as well as old will enjoy Henry's character, the Wingates' antics, Lekich's descriptions of small-town life, and the overall message of the book." (Tri State YA Book Review Committee 2012-09-01)

"The Wingate family and the whole town of Snowflake Falls is as refreshingly quirky as the band of criminals Henry grew up with and helps keep the tone light...[Readers] will be thoroughly charmed by Henry's antics and the wacky cast of characters that populate Snowflake falls." (Resource Links 2012-10-01)

"Henry is a likeable character, and readers will root for him to redeem himself." (NJ Youth Services 2012-10-18)

"Full of humour, compassion, love and commitment to family. The characters are charming, funny and surprisingly complicated." (Nikki Tate-Stratton, CBC All Points West 2013-03-12)

From the Back Cover

Who says a burglar can't have a moral code? Henry Holloway isn't immoral, he's just hungry. At least that's the way he sees it when he takes up residence in an abandoned tree house and tires to survive on his own after his beloved guardian, Uncle Andy, is imprisoned. Henry is a burglar-an unusually resourceful and considerate burglar, but still a burglar. When he is caught, mid-burglary, in a homeowner's fuzzy slippers and cozy robe, Henry knows his life is about to change. What he doesn't know is that a strange little town and its even stranger residents will give him the opportunity to rewrite his moral code.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554699789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554699780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,600,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I let one of my students read this before I brought it back home to read this summer. I didn’t know why they felt the kid was stupid. When I asked their reasoning all they would say was that no “real” crook had a conscience. I do hope he wasn’t speaking from experience. When I picked up the book I understood a little of what my student was talking about. Henry was forced into a life of crime simply by living with his uncle Andy. Later he continues just to survive. However, he cleans up after himself, never takes too much and tries to help out in other ways. This is not your normal criminal. When he is caught he gets sent to Snowflake Falls to live with a family that is extremely different. That is all I will say about this. I think more of my students will find a place in their reading lives for this book, especially since I teach sixth grade and they will be able to identify with Henry in some ways. This was not one of my favorite books, but it was still a good book.
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Henry Holloway's mother passed away when he was nine and Henry's uncle Andy became his guardian. For the past six years Andy and his buddies have been giving Henry a crash course in burglary and other nefarious deeds. When the law finally caught up with Andy, Henry was left living with Andy's girlfriend Cindy. But soon enough Cindy runs off to Vegas and Henry makes his home an abandoned tree house sneaking food and essentials from homes of his "customers".

Things are tough when you're a burglar who feels guilty about stealing from the houses you break into and Henry makes up for some of his bad deeds by cleaning up the mess he makes and then some. After almost being caught by someone being home unexpectedly, Henry makes a narrow escape and breaks into yet another house to clean and patch himself up. But this time he dozes off and is actually caught. Now he's been sent to live with the Wingates in Snowflake Falls and he just might be worse off, not rehabilitated.

The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls was more of a children's book than a YA read but it was a super cute story that had Henry redeeming himself in the end. I enjoyed his antics in the beginning of the story and thought the relationship with his uncle Andy was truly well done. I recommend this one for kids 11-15.
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