HANNAH’S WINTER by Kierin Meehan
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HANNAH’S WINTER

Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Twelve-year-old Australian Hannah has been sent to spend the winter with Japanese family friends in Kanazawa so she can improve her ability to speak the language. She and 13-year-old Miki find a written message in an old box of papers. It outlines a series of mysterious steps that both girls quickly realize they are inadvertently following, after a nighttime tour of a temple and a strange encounter with a singing monk. As readers raptly follow the deepening fantasy, they will find themselves flipping pages time after time to reread the message. Determined to fit in, Hannah makes a few humorous missteps (bowing self-consciously and smacking her head on a table that’s in the way), all of which keep the tale lighthearted and make her seem endearingly real. Meehan utilizes beautifully crafted similes and metaphors as she creates a loving and detailed portrayal of Japan and its people. Told in the first person, the tale remains so grounded in reality that it never defies belief. A fine fantasy debut (first published in Australia in 2001). (author’s note) (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-933605-98-2
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2009




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