On Snowden Mountain

Jeri Watts

Candlewick Press

November 2019

$24.99 AU

196p hc

ISBN: 978-0763697440

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On Snowden Mountain by Jeri Watts is a fictional historical novel that deals with issues such as depression and abuse as it follows a young girl on her journey of self discovery. 12 year old Ellenís mother is deeply depressed and her father has gone to war, causing her to call her estranged Aunt Pearl for help. They soon move to Aunt Pearlís cabin at the bottom of Snowden Mountain. Moving from the city to a small town is not an easy change, and at first Ellen struggles to fit in. As the story moves on, Ellen slowly settles in to her new life.

The novel would most appeal to high school students, as they could connect with Ellen and the problems and emotions she faces. The book is easy to read and understand, without having to puzzle over complicated words. It has no illustrations, but none are needed, as the author perfectly describes Ellenís world, painting a clear image in your mind. The characters are so perfectly created and feel so real that you donít want the novel to end. The heartfelt story stays with you long after you have read the book.

Amelia, age 12

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