By turns harrowing and heartbreaking, this middle-grade novel tells a story of a family of nine kids and one very dark secret.
Fifth grader Annie is just like every other girl in her small suburban town. Except she’s starting to realize that she isn’t.
Annie is the youngest of nine children. Instead of being condemned to the bottom of the pecking order, she wants to carve out place for herself in the world. But it’s hard to find your destiny when the only thing you’re good at is being cheerful. Annie is learning that it’s difficult to be Annie, period, and not just because her clothes are worn-out hand-me-downs, and she suffers from a crippling case of dyslexia, but also because there are secrets in her life no one in her family is willing to face.
In Snow Lane, Josie Angelini presents a story about a resilient girl who, in spite of many hardships, can still find light in the darkest of places.
About the Author
Josie Angelini is the internationally bestselling author of the Worldwalker trilogy and the Starcrossed series. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two ancient shelter cats.
"Angelini channels her own experience growing up with seven siblings into 10-year-old Annie Bianchi’s spunky but poignant fictional narrative ... Candid, self-deprecating, and forgiving, Annie is a likable and upbeat heroine. Her compelling story sheds light on the pervasive impact of child abuse, the varying responses of children, and the complex ties that bind families in turmoil."-- School Library Journal
"The best-selling author of the Starcrossed series forays into a younger territory with a compassionate... story set in 1985 about a girl in need...In small yet pervasive moments, readers bear witness to the deep dysfunction and undercurrents of abuse in Annie’s home. Annie’s narrative is engaging and believable; her frequent cursing (and resulting Hail Marys) suit her situation."-- Booklist
"Annie’s narration is chatty and ingenuous."-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for Josephine Angelini
"A must-read romance. It has everything a book should have: action, adventure, violence, and a butt-kicking heroine and one hot hero." —USA Today on Trial by Fire
"Readers will be swept into the inner workings of crucibles and witches and left eager for more. . . . A richly drawn world of keenly devised magic." —Kirkus Reviews on Trial by Fire
“Angelini takes readers on a high-stakes and fast-paced ride once again. The author blends fantasy, science fiction, mythology, and light romance seamlessly . . . . A satisfying series installment that will leave teens anxious for the next title, especially after the cliff-hanger ending.” —School Library Journal on Firewalker
“Lily is a female character that teen girls can find something of themselves in, no matter who they are. Her transformation, great power, and humility are admirable. Readers will also like the dreamy male characters that fall at Lily’s feet. Fans of paranormal romance will find a lot to like in this series.” —VOYA on Firewalker