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Daughter of Winter

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  151 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
As the ground of her past shifts, a girl finds her way to an unexpected future in this compelling historical novel about survival and strength.

It’s 1849, and twelve-year-old Addie lives in the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts. Her father has left the family to seek gold on the West Coast, and now the flux has taken the lives of her mother and baby brother, leaving
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick
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It is 1849, and things are bad for 12-year-old Addie. Her father has left the family’s Massachusetts home to look for gold in California, and her mother and brother have just died from the much-feared flux.
Worried that the town's busybodies will send her to live with strangers and force her to work as a caregiver and servant, Addie told no one that her mama and brother had passed away and flees to the nearby woods (in spite of the snow) to try and survive on her own.
But it’s harder than she thou
In 1849, Addie Hayden is left alone by her father who had left to make his riches in the California Goldrush, and taking care of her Mother and baby brother. Tragedy occurs when both her brother and the woman who she thought was her mother have passed away.

Addie was taken in by her Wampanoag grandmother who had told her the truth about her real mother. She had taught Addie about many Wampanoag stories of her heritage as well as the vision ceremony when children become of age. Will Addie return
Dec 15, 2010 Michele rated it liked it
This book is set in my hometown, so I enjoy recognizing the different locations the author mentions. It is a very easy read although a little predictable at times. However, I am enjoying it quite a bit!
Leah Markum
Simple and sweet. I love historical fiction that has a touch of strong-heroine-breaking-gender-roles thing and Native American culture. In some ways the drama is as serious as winter in 1850s Massachusetts can be and yet as gentle of family love can be. I had flashbacks to the American Girl series, partly because of the protagonist's age since I usually read books with older characters. Unfortunately there's no epilogue, because in this case I would love to know what happened a few months after ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Pat Lowery Collins' new release tells the story of 12-year old Addie, a resilient young girl in Massachusetts in 1849. When the novel opens, things couldn't be much worse for our heroine--her father took off to make his fortune in the California Gold Rush, leaving Addie with Mama and her little brother Jack. But now Mama and Jack have died of the flux, and Addie is trying to manage on her own with only her cat Matilda and the farm animals for company. When the townspeople ask, she pretends that ...more
Jul 22, 2016 QNPoohBear rated it really liked it

Twelve-year-old Addie and her family live in the shipping town of Essex, Massachusetts in 1849. Her father headed off to the gold fields of California just before an epidemic of the flux hit Essex. Addie's mother and little brother were both ill, but not Addie, who was determined to care for them all alone, without the interference of strangers. Addie is devastated when her mother and brother die of the flux and must gather her strength to take care of the bodies and do what it takes to survive
Victoria Dixon
Jun 25, 2011 Victoria Dixon rated it it was amazing
It’s 1849, and twelve-year-old Addie lives in the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts. Her father has left the family to seek gold on the West Coast, and tragically the flux has ended the lives of her mother and baby brother, leaving Addie all alone. Fearful of being taken in as a servant, Addie flees from her house into the snowy woods, where she endures hunger and bitter cold until Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman, coaxes Addie to her dwelling.
Now living under the care of the mercuri
Zoe Chen
Dec 17, 2013 Zoe Chen rated it really liked it
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Leslie Preddy
Oct 11, 2012 Leslie Preddy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grades 6-9
Lowery Collins’ novel starts and ends with a story poem. The poem leads the reader through what happens before and after the narrative. Set in Massachusetts in 1849, the opening is powerful with the knowledge that our heroine, Addie, is alone as she deals with the sudden death of her younger brother and Mamma. Her father is unreachable and off hoping to make his fortune in the gold rush. With her father not expected back for more than a year, Addie was left alone to deal with the death of her ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Sep 12, 2016 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
The story is set in 1849, Essex, Massachusetts.
Twelve year old Addie is left alone after both her mother and younger brother die from illness.
Fearful that she will be taken in as a servant, Addie runs away.
Close to starvation, Addie is rescued by Nokummus, an elderly Wampanog woman.
Collins' plot has the themes of hidden family heritage and self discovery.
The story is detailed and Addie is a believable heroine.
Patricia O'Sullivan
Jan 21, 2012 Patricia O'Sullivan rated it it was ok
Twelve-year-old Addie is alone. Her father has gone off to California with the Forty-niners and her mother and brother have just died of the flux. And while the silence of the house disturbs Addie, she can’t bear the thought of being sent to live with another family in town, possibly to be treated like a servant. But then an old native woman keeps appearing in the yard, and Addie is scared. Fleeing to the woods, Addie does her best to survive the New England winter, but she is always cold, ...more
Libby Ames
When twelve-year-old Addie’s mother and little brother die of the flux, Addie is left on her own. Her father has left home to follow the call of the gold rush and Addie is afraid of being sent to another family as a servant. At first, Addie hides her mother’s death, but she knows she can’t fool her fellow townspeople for long.

Addie makes a desperate attempt to survive on her own in the snowy woods until she finally accepts help from Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman. Life with Nokummus opens
Apr 17, 2011 Embrc rated it it was ok
Shelves: candlewick
Recommended. Grades 5-8

In 1849 Essex, Massachusetts, 12-year-old Addie is living alone after her father leaves for the CA gold rush and her mother and baby brother die from "the flux". Worried that she will be found out and sent to live with strangers, Addie tells no one of her predicament. When suspicions arise, she takes off into the wintry woods and attempts to survive on her own until her father's return. She is saved from exposure and starvation by an old Wampanoag woman who takes her in an
Jennifer Wardrip
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Addie's mother and brother die in the middle of winter. Addie's father has left to find gold on the West Coast. All alone, she struggles to maintain normalcy. She's so afraid that the townspeople will force someone to take her in and she will become a servant.

Finally, when all hope is lost, she flees out into the night. She survives on her own with her cat for company. Addie's not sure how long she will be able to last. She grows weak and then sick
Addie is a twelve-year-old who has to learn how to be by herself. Her dad left weeks ago for the gold fields, leaving her behind with her mother and little brother. But soon after he leaves, her family becomes sick and Addie has to take care of them herself. She does the best that she can, but they don't make it. Addie is terrified. It's 1849 and she isn't sure how long she can fool the neighbors into thinking her ma is still alive. She doesn't want to be shipped away somewhere else though--what ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by an adult patron who reads a lot of children's literature.

Addie lives in Essex, Massachusetts in 1849. Her father has gone West to the gold fields and has left Addie with her mother and baby brother. Her mother, who was never very strong, died with the flux as did her brother. Addie had sole care for her mother and brother for her mother refused any help from neighbors. Addie is afraid of being taken in by another family and forced to be a servant. So she runs away a
Jan 05, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
In the mid-19th century shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts, 12-year-old Addie learns a startling and unexpected secret about her identity. When we first meet Addie, her father has sailed to California to find gold. Her mother and brother have died of a sudden illness. Addie is alone, except for her best friend, John, and a mysterious Wampanoag Indian woman. Addie struggles to find her place in this new and treacherous life, while she waits for her father to return. Daughter of Winter has ...more
Christopher Obert
Dec 13, 2011 Christopher Obert rated it really liked it
Shelves: friends, read-2011
Daughter of Winter is a coming of age story told in 1849 Massachusetts. Addie is a 12 year old girl living in Essex when both her mother and brother die of sickness. Addie’s father is on the West Coast and does not know what has happened back at home. It is up to Addie to keep her wits and overcome her childhood fears while waiting for her father’s return, if he returns at all! But Addie’s story is more complicated because of her secret hidden past. Her life’s history is not what she thought it ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Star rated it really liked it
We find Addie all alone, her father gone to find gold out West and her mother and baby brother dead of the flux (dysentery). She's trying to keep it a secret so she doesn't have to become some family's servant. She runs off on her own and meets up with Nokummus, a Native American woman, who knows Addie better than she knows herself.

This is good historical-esque fiction about a girl's coming of age. Addie's got to go within and discover her own truth. Not what others think she should be or what s
Kiirsi Hellewell
Nov 19, 2014 Kiirsi Hellewell rated it liked it
This book is a sort of historical fiction, taking place during the winter of 1850-ish in Massachusetts. It reminds me a lot of books I read scores of as a kid, and I'm pleasantly surprised they're still publishing books like this. Mostly I enjoyed the story, though it really dragged in parts. I felt the ending was way too rushed. But I did like the "who am I?" aspect and how the main character went about exploring her personal and cultural identity.
Kris Irvin
Mar 07, 2011 Kris Irvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Had I read this when I was 10, I think I would have loved it. But reading it as an adult, some things fell short for me. The whole Nokummus relationship, actually, fell very short. The beginning of the book is very engaging, but as it goes on it just becomes kind of tedious and random. The ending was pretty bad, and nothing really gets resolved.

It's not the worst book I've ever read, but it's far from being the best.
Ms. Heres
Addie is left completely alone after her father leaves to follow the Gold Rush and her mother and brother die from the flux. Not sure she will be able to survive until her father returns, and not even sure her father WILL return from his adventure, Addie must find a way to provide for herself. Her chances of survival seem to improve after meeting a strange Indian woman.
Marilyn Mudge
Feb 26, 2011 Marilyn Mudge rated it really liked it
This is a young adult novel - quickly becoming one of my favorite genre. It is a story of a strong young girl whose father is off to the California gold fields and whose mother and brother both die, leaving her alone.
Sep 16, 2012 Delena rated it really liked it

I couldn't wait to see how this story turned out. A young girl had to be strong despite many hardships. Such a neat story of family and strength.
Sep 21, 2011 Molly rated it liked it
Pretty good historical fiction. I liked the character, the setting was good -- the native american stuff got a little heavy-handed, but overall realistic and interesting.
May 04, 2011 Kina rated it really liked it
A coming-of-age book with an unusual setting. Some of the relationships could have been better developed, but the author does have real talent with descriptions. The ending just begs for a sequel.
Mar 17, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it
This was a nice, easy read. It is about a young girl in the mid 19th century who, through a loss and discovery, finds out who she is and what she is capable of. A coming of age, so to speak.
Jan 10, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-historical
Addie buries her mother and brother, and her father is away trying to make his fortune, but she will find out who she really is.
A YA Historical
Elizabeth rated it liked it
Jun 19, 2013
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Pat Lowery Collins is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books. She was inspired to write HIDDEN VOICES when she learned that Antonio Vivaldi wrote countless concertos to showcase the talents of orphan girls — and snare husbands for a lucky few. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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