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Stealing Snow Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Snow and Bale are long-term in-patients in the most secure wing of rural New York's Whittaker Psychiatric Institute. Snow Yardley has had a full-time minder since she pushed a girl into a mirror 11 years ago. Bale is locked up for setting fires. The two 17-year-olds had been best friends, until their forbidden kiss pushed Bale into a violent state and then into near catatonia. When Bale's body is stolen away through an asylum mirror, Snow is distraught. Not long after, encouraged by dreams, she willingly follows a stranger through another mirror, to rescue Bale. In the land of Algid, she meets Kai and Gerde (nods to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen"), along with handsome Jagger and a band of Robber girls. In Algid, Snow's icy anger manifests itself in deadly icicles, ice arrows, and targeted snowstorms. Jagger refers to Snow as "Princess" and enlists her help in stealing back shards of a broken mirror that will save Algid from the tyrannical rule of King Lazar—Snow's father. If she completes this task, she will be reunited with Bale. Fairy-tale elements abound—witches, magical animals, fantastic powers, and separated twins raised apart. The action comes to an icy peak when Jagger, Snow, and the Robber girls dress up and crash the Duchess's Ball. VERDICT Suggest to readers looking for a modern story with dark, fairy-tale underpinnings.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
"A lush and addictive fantasy woven from threads of magic, romance, and adventure by a master storyteller. Danielle Paige raises the bar with Stealing Snow." ―Kami Garcia, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and author of THE LOVELY RECKLESS
"A magical, exciting adventure full of secrets, thieves, and witches, with a unique, fresh twist on an old legend." ―Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU
"Just as a blizzard turns a familiar landscape into something both dazzling and deadly, Stealing Snow transforms the 'Snow Queen' into an adventure that's hauntingly beautiful and dangerously seductive." ―Kass Morgan, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE 100
"Eerie, edgy, and enchanting, Stealing Snow will transport you." ―Amie Kaufman, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling coauthor of ILLUMINAE
"One of my favorite fairy tale retellings! Danielle Paige is a master storyteller!" ―Melissa de la Cruz, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE ISLE OF THE LOST
"Suggest to readers looking for a modern story with dark, fairy-tale underpinnings." ―School Library Journal
"Fans of Paige's Oz series hoping for a similar experience will not be disappointed." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Captivating fantasy . . . Watching Snow be plunged into a world of new people and experiences after being closed off and numbed for so long is compelling. Perfect for readers who want their fairy tales to have a darker twist." - Booklist
"Within the classroom, students can look at this story as a comparison between the original tale of the Snow Queen and this one, examining how an author may build a character’s untold background" - VOYA
"Debut author Paige doesn't hold back in this fast-paced action novel. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howard's Splintered, Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars, and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm." ―School Library Journal on DOROTHY MUST DIE
"A classic made more sinister." ―Booklist on DOROTHY MUST DIE
"Readers of Baum's books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders." ―Kirkus Reviews on DOROTHY MUST DIE
"Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, there's no place like it." ―USA Today on DOROTHY MUST DIE
"Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material." ―Publishers Weekly on DOROTHY MUST DIE
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Upon originally starting the novel one might think that it is a retelling of Snow White, and although there are a few references to the seven dwarfs this story is more a long the lines of the Snow Queen than Snow White .
Snow, a teenager, has been locked up in an asylum since she was 5ish when she tried to walk through a mirror while dragging her friend. The only bright spot is her friend/love of her life Bale, a total fire bug, but even he has been taken from her since the day of their first kiss a year ago and when he "accidentally" broke her wrist. She was all alone until a boy "orderly" comes into her room, calling her princess. She believes he is as crazy as she is until she sneaks into Bale's room and sees him pulled through the mirror. With the help of her nemesis Magpie, she is able to escape and meet the boy and is transported to Algid. Where she learns the boy thief's name is Jagger, but soon they are running for their lives from snow beasts and jumping off a cliff into a river. Snow is saved by the River Witch, who agrees to help her learn to use the powers, because yes Snow is the Princess of Algid and has the power to control snow. Snow spends time with the River Witch, Gerde (her apprentice that can shift into an animal form), and Kai (Gerde's brother like friend that is an architect). This is when Snow learns the story of her mother's escape to another world to protect her her from the King and the prophecy about her. Though Kai acts like he does not like Snow he does kiss her, meaning that there are now three guys in Snow's life Bale (The Lover), Jagger (The Thief), and Kai (The Thinker) all part of the prophecy about her taking the throne and saving Algid or adding her power's to her fathers and pushing Algid even further into a snowy hell. After escaping the King's Enforcer, when she, Gerde, and Kai make a visit to a city for supplies, Snow is reunited with Jagger. He takes her back to his home, The Clarot, home of the Robbers, where more feelings develop between them but Snow refuses to kiss him. Margot the Queen of the Robbers, and Magpie's mother, agrees to help Snow save Bale from the King and send them home if Snow steals a piece of the King's her Cousin, the Duchess. But everything goes astray with the plan at the Duchess' ball, Kai is there trying to save Gerde who was caught, Snow is able to freeze the lock so they could escape, Snow's cousin is actually her twin sister who has no magical ability, and the King arrives. The first book ends with a huge battle with Snow and the Robbers on one side and the King, his guards, and snow beasts on the other. However, the two biggest betrayals do not surface until the end. Snow's mother is not a hero like everyone thought, she only brought Snow to the other world to keep the King from killing her until the proper moment according to the prophecy, which was why Snow had been in an asylum.Though trust me in the end The Queen gets her comeuppance. The other is that Bale is actually the King's Enforcer. However, if you pay attention neither of the betrayals comes as a surprise. With the death of Margot, the Robber Queen, and the betray at every turn Snow returns in the end to the River Witch to be taught how to use her power to take down the King.