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 Prisoner of ice and snow
 Author: Lauren, Ruth

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 280 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 549002 ISBN: 9781681191317
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Sisters -- Fiction
 Prisons -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $20.01

Book 1--When thirteen-year-old Valor is arrested, she could not be happier. Demidova's prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor's sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape ... from the inside.

Prisoner Of Ice And Snow, Bk. 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 188395
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 70610

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/17)
   School Library Journal (10/01/16)
   Booklist (03/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 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 - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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