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Thursday, September 1, 2016

DAY 3 of our Book Gifts Christmas Advent Calendar - The Taste of Snow by Stephen V. Masse

The Taste of Snow by Stephen V. Masse

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.
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"A fresh Christmas story interspersed with joyful, age-old holiday traditions." --Kirkus Review

"A beautiful and heart warming story that I really enjoyed from the first page. A marvelous thought provoking story for young and 'old' readers" --Beck Valley Books

"This is a rare story that brings us back to the simplicity of other times. The story is of two sisters in the Austrian one of whom acquires a magical candy cane. For her the magic is not quite what she expected." --Amazon Review

Stephen V. Masse
Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a composition book. His children s books are Shadow Stealer (Dillon Press, 1988) and Short Circus (Good Harbor Press, 2010) and The Taste of Snow (Good Harbor Press, 2011) The Taste of Snow was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2011 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season, as well as Honorable Mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival. In addition, Masse wrote A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of 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.

Stephen says...
The best thing about Christmas for him is... the time we take to make togetherness happen -- the magic that comes from people sharing special moments or memories around a table, around a fire, making crafts or decorating, singing, playing music, telling stories. The anticipation, the aroma of real pine, the little bit of extra patience we offer or receive from others.Never being one single thing, but a whole season of things which when folded all together makes the celebration joyous and memorable.

This year is special because... it will mark the 5th year anniversary of the publication of The Taste of Snow. The book has been very well received by middle readers and their parents, and has won many awards, among them Honorable Mention in the 2015 Holiday Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

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