Books by Carol Snow

THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH by Carol Snow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Though the story is not particularly cohesive, its characters carry the day. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Most of the time, "the world is ending" is a metaphor. But what if it really is ending? Read full book review >
BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 9, 2013

"Freesia's plenty spunky, and so is this hilarious book. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Freesia lives on a seemingly magical island where every whim is answered in this nifty sci-fi comedy. Read full book review >
SNAP by Carol Snow
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

After Madison Sabatini's family dumps their summer vacation in Hawaii for a mildewed hotel room in Sandyland, things go from "craptacular" to "suckerific" when her parents also reveal that their expensive home is being foreclosed and that they'll be staying in the sleepy seaside town indefinitely. At least the gifted 15-year-old photographer still has her camera, until a stumble on the beach leads her to repairs at Psychic Photo, where she meets the shop owner/psychic's skeptical daughter, Delilah, and townie Duncan. In her chatty, sarcastic narration, Madison mocks their thrift-store clothes and streaked hair until she discovers their nonjudgmental friendship, a possible romance and their acceptance of her unexplainable photographs, which reveal eerie images of strangers before they die. Their quest to solve the mystery becomes a race against time when Madison recognizes an all-too-familiar face in her latest photograph. As in Switch (2008), Snow blends mysticism, suspense and realistic family problems into a well-tuned chiller with enormous teen appeal. (Supernatural. YA)Read full book review >
SWITCH by Carol Snow
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

It usually happens to 15-year-old Claire when there's a thunderstorm, and only with someone born under the same moon. Switching bodies, that is. The bulky swimmer can't explain why on a clear night she finds herself in the knockout body of Larissa, the snobbish vacationer she recently encountered in her sleepy seaside town. Or why she can't return to her own body after sleeping, the usual remedy. With an overworked single mother who won't reveal her father's identity, the teen has only one confidante: her deceased grandmother, Evelyn, a fellow switcher who died prematurely in a mental institution. When gorgeous Nate, Claire's longtime crush, decides to date Larissa and Evelyn takes over Claire's body to relive her lost youth, will Claire ever want—or be able—to go back? As she discovers truths about Larissa's family, Evelyn's past and her relationship with Nate, she learns acceptance—especially of herself. Claire's quick-paced narration comes laced with bolts of sarcasm; the realistic problems blend successfully into a suspenseful, mystical story that will attract fans of both chick-lit and the supernatural. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
FOR by Carol Snow
Released: April 1, 2000

" She is least poetic and most didactic when performing her syntactic legerdemain."
Snow, who lives in San Francisco, won the Book Award from the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University in 1990 for Artist and Model, her first collection of poetry. She also received a NEA Fellowship. Here (in the first volume of the New California Poetry series) she sets herself the task of the ages in trying to describe what it means to stand within a small fragment of time, attempting to make sense of the whirlwind of impressions, past and present, that descend upon one in a moment of quiet. She layers her images, shifts the figure and ground, interposes scenes from memory with the reality at hand, and subtly merges or shifts the relationship between the observer and the observed. In some respects these are ``thought experiments,'' and, as in all laboratory situations, not all results are successful. Sometimes the thoughts obtrude. Her insistence upon aesthetic exactness is wearing at times, as when her favorite parenthetical expression, ``(somehow),'' is continually repeated. Yet she posits an interesting ekphrasis (describing a work of art in verse) of two photographs of a thematicallylinked painting and sculpture. Her poems are often visually spare and striking, as in her description of a Henry Moore sculpture of ``a woman's body, reclining, curved: eloquent as bone, shell, stones worn beyond contradiction.'' Snow is most successful when her space is circumscribed, when she limits herself to defining a single moment, with all its attendant sensations, thoughts, and memories. Read full book review >