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With summer brings hot days and teenagers who complain that they have nothing to do! Why not give them a little lite reading that will remind them what the cold weather feels like but also get's those brains thinking and imagining!
Synopsis: When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is given a candy cane by the mysterious shopkeeper, Boznik, who tells her that the candy cane is magic. After her first taste, it seems the whole world becomes more colorful, more delicious, and more dangerous. A quarrel between students on the tram home from school leads Nicole to intervene, beginning a frightening series of events that threaten Nicole. She finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. She finds no help from the magic candy cane, and decides she must return it to the shopkeeper.
SUPER cute story that even though it is geared towards a younger audience had me interested from beginning to end. The idea that Nicole realizes her "magical cane" is not magical at all after a series of bad events occur plays into the idea that we are always looking for that magic ticket to happiness. As adults we wish we had the ability to make believe and to not see the world as it actually is as children have the ability to do. However, the world does not work that way and in this story it was interesting to follow Nicole in her path to discover this. This would be a great book for young adults to read to learn how things are not always what them seem but with a little belief and hard work, anything can be accomplished!
About the Author: Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a school composition book. Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column. He has written several books for children as well as a book called A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW. He has received the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as honorable mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season.
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**I received a copy of the book for my review. However, these opinions and views are my own.