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Silent Snow, Secret Snow

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
An atmospheric tale of family secrets, betrayals and desire from an acclaimed storyteller. The Golden family has congregated for Christmas in their large, old family home. Laurie has invited his friend Carlo. He hopes for a chance to tell him his deepest feelings, but Carlo wants to spend time with Laurie's sister, the beautiful yet aloof Marianne. Meanwhile, their cousin, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 3rd 2003 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 1998)
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Cheyenne Blue
A country op shop find that I bought purely on the title (it's a gorgeous title!) and because it was only 30c. It turned out to be a young adult story about an extended family gathering for xmas in the sprawling family home. Told in multiple viewpoints (including Pamina the cat), it explores secrets and love and attraction and the reactions of many of that same group of people when the secrets are revealed or exposed.

Laurie is in love with his friend Carlos, who is attracted to Laurie's sister M
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Lizy
Sep 10, 2012 Lizy rated it really liked it
Very short book. I wasn't sure whether to take it because it didn't look that different from other books. I decided to get the book in the end because Philip Pullman seemed to have liked it. I am very glad I did. I think what made me like the book so much were the characters; they felt very real compared to many other characters I've come across in other books. I loved reading about how the characters reacted to each other and the secrets floating about. At the end of the book I felt that, even ...more
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Jul 06, 2013 Joanne rated it liked it
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

I actually discovered this book by chance. Non Pratt of Catnip Publishing blogged about Gay Writes. Adèle Geras commented on the post about her novel silent snow, secret snow, and so I thought I would give it a go.

Originally published in 1998 (when I was 11!), silent snow, secret snow follows a family Christmas over five days. Eleven people and a cat, each with their own secrets. While there, they get snowed in, and the secrets become difficult to keep w
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Isabel Burt
Dec 24, 2015 Isabel Burt rated it really liked it
This little tale of a Christmas family gathering is not as cosy as the cover suggests! A host of emotional turbulences crop up as the family prepare the food and house for the festivity. Spoken mainly through the eyes of the children, some big issues are gently explored for the tween ages. Adele Geras sets her story in a creepy, isolated mansion with a haunted lake and it should please the curious young reader wanting to read something a little different!
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Dec 02, 2009 Samiha rated it did not like it
I didn't really like it. It was boring, I hoped it would get better so I persevered until the end but it didn't really get better.
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Adèle Geras FRSL (born 15 March 1944) is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.

Geras was born in Jerusalem, British Mandatory Palestine. Her father was in the Colonial Service and she had a varied childhood, living in countries such as Nigeria, Cyprus, Tanzania, Gambia a
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