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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  1,421 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
An intense coming-of-age novel from internationally best-selling author John Marsden, now in paperback.

For twelve years Winter has been haunted. Her past, her memories, her feelings, will not leave her alone. And now, at sixteen, the time has come for her to act. She must head back to her old home, where a pair of family tragedies forever altered her life. What she discove
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Jun 13, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Winter is a feisty 16 year old who has been living with elderly relatives since she lost her parents at the age of 4. Now she has decided the time has come for her to return to the family homestead and take charge of her life. When she goes to visit her parents graves she discovers that her mother died some six months after her father and there is a mystery surrounding the way in which she died.

I enjoyed this short novel about a teenage girl discovering who she is and taking control of her life.
Oct 28, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter was four years old when her mother and father died; drowned in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Now sixteen, Winter is coming home to Warriewood – it’s the first time she’s been back since becoming a ward of the state, cared for by her parent’s trust-fund and waiting to inherit the property when she turns eighteen.

In the meantime Warriewood is being managed by Ralph and Sylvia – a couple Winter doesn’t entirely trust, who have let her old homestead go to ruin while they suck the Warriewo
Aug 26, 2013 Sally906 rated it really liked it
I haven’t picked up any John Marsden books since I finished reading the ‘Tomorrow’ series. I was aware he had written other YA books but had just not got around to them. I needed a book with ‘winter’ in the title for a reading challenge and this book fitted the criteria perfectly. The bonus was that I really enjoyed it and was sucked in from the very first page. Winter’s parent’s died when she was four. She always thought they had died together in a yacht race but it turns out that her mother ...more
Jess Cattanach
I’ve had Winter sitting on my bookshelves for years. I finally picked it up because I was doing a read-a-thon here on Goodreads and needed a book with a one-word title to complete my team’s mini-goal. As it was the last day by then, I naturally selected the shortest one, which brings us back to Winter.

It’s always fascinated me how well John Marsden can write the characters of teenage girls, considering he’s a 62-year-old man. Somehow he manages to pull it off flawlessly though, and his main char
Sep 19, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-ya, ya
Sixteen year old Winter is returning to her family homestead after being shipped of to relatives following the tragic deaths of her parents when she was four years old. Spurred on by her unease and the desire to uncover a family secret, the prickly Winter seeks to lay claim to what is rightfully hers.

Being one of those English people, I am a relative newcomer to the works of Marsden. This is only the second book of his that I've read, the first being the rather brilliant, rather shocking 'Letter
Sep 14, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because I have enjoyed other books written by John Marsden and I thought it looked interesting.
This book completes the ‘written by a male author’ category on the bingo board. This is interesting because the author, John Marsden, also wrote the tomorrow series which I really enjoyed.
My favourite quote from this book was “Because Ralph had been so friendly at the station, I didn’t say what I wanted to: ‘Get out. I have to do this on my own.’ The best I could manag
Allyce Cameron
Dec 06, 2013 Allyce Cameron rated it really liked it
John Marsden has done what I feel not many authors can do and delivered a standout novel in a tiny 130 or so pages. Bravo maestro! I am re-reading this for the first time since I was 12 and it is just as good as I remember! I love Winter-even when I don't like her very much. It's a coming-of-age story that everyone should read and one that I highly recommend.
Tay Hook
Sep 25, 2015 Tay Hook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Marsden is one of our national treasures and my favourite young adult author. This book, about a young woman's journey back to her home to search for her identity and solve the mystery of her mother's death, is intriguing. He writes from a female, adolescent perspective with surprising insight and Winter's voice throughout the plot is authentic. This is a great read, no matter your age.
☼♄Jülie 

What a great story! I don't know why I hadn't read this before now.
This is the sort of story I would have loved to read as a teenager and I would highly recommend it for YA and OA alike!
It is only a short book...135 no spoilers here, but it's very quick to read, and an absorbing short read it is from start to finish.
Intriguing. 5*s
Veronika Scislowski
Mar 14, 2015 Veronika Scislowski rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
After twelve years of living with distant relatives, sixteen year old Winter had decided that it is time to return to her childhood home. Upon her return, questions concerning the events of her parent’s death are uncovered leaving Winter confused but determined for answers.

I applaud Marsden on writing such a fantastic and well written novel. Many novels that I read nowadays have excess and so many unnecessary words spat out onto the pages, but in Winter you can see that each word has a purpose
Oct 25, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
This book was alright. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't too engaging or memorable. It's about a sixteen year old girl named Winter who goes back to her hometown, to discover the truth about her parents' deaths. It is pretty slow moving at the beginning, but it keeps you interested because the author does a good job at making the readers suspicious of several different characters. One thing I really didn't like about this book was the fact that it felt rushed towards the end. It was also a pretty ...more
I chose to read this one as it was on the shelf in my library and, as it starred a 16-year old girl, I wanted to make sure that it was appropriate for primary aged children. In the end I am satisfied for grade 5/6 students to read this one. There is one 's' word dropped near the beginning, but other than that the story itself is quite harmless.

The book is short and to the point. There are some nice descriptions of the Australian countryside, but nothing in this book is done in great detail. I wo
Chante Pabst
Oct 22, 2012 Chante Pabst rated it really liked it
Shelves: 13-25
Winter is a young woman at the age of 16. She has been living with family since she was 4, when her parents died. When she finally comes home to Christie, on her homeland of Warriewood, she discovers her parents are barried there and she also finds out how her mother really died. All of her life she had been told that her mother died with her father, drowning. Upon finding out her mother actually died 6 months after that, she had to talk to all the people around town she could conjure up the ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
I'm not a huge fan of first person narratives but they do seem to pervade the realm of YA fiction. This is a VERY short book (really only a chapter in any other self-respecting tome) and for very good readers, the ending is very discernible.
Winter is certainly established as a sassy character. Not sure she's entirely credible, but will appeal to many teen readers. The plot has little action happening as the story is mostly about Winter's quest to find the truth about the death of her parents. B
Vicky Marie
Mar 22, 2013 Vicky Marie rated it liked it
Good, but not great. This is a very short story. It should take about two hours to read, except it took me longer. A book could have the best story ever written but if I don't like the protagonist there is going to be some problems. Winter annoyed the hell out of me. I've seen ten year old's mature than her. Almost every conversation she had with everyone ended up with a temper tantrum. Towards the end her character improved, which was a sigh of relief.

Not much to say. It felt rushed, and the e
Jan Blues
Aug 24, 2015 Jan Blues rated it it was ok
It was not until my own sister had picked this book up for school, did I remember reading this once. The most intriguing sequence found in the book was the mysterious aspect weaved within the words. Although, after two years, I have almost forgotten the entire story. When I rethink back to the time I once read it for school, I do remember how intriguingly worded the descriptions are in the book but also how much I dreaded reading it as it dragged on. What stayed with me though, was the way the ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing

This has to be one of my favourite John Marsden books, John Marsden has a fantastic way of writing his books he does it in a way that you have no idea what comes next and this book is a perfect example of this. I loved this book so much that i'm considering buying this book. I still can't believe what happened and what she did when she was four years old. Winter is an amazing book which i think everyone should read. I am really glad that i read this book :) {i read this book in an afternoon}

Apr 01, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it
Another 'can't put down' well written book by the amazing John Marsden. I really enjoy his style of writing and he has an amazing way of writing as a teenager would, their thoughts etc
Like all his books this is a page turner, trying to work out what will happen next - and always there is a surprise/shock around the corner.
A sad story really but saying that the main character Winter has such a positive an inspiration approach it is really a feel good end!
Jun 17, 2012 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-got
Winter was a fantastic story about one girl quest for the truth. It was a little bit heart braking but the way that Winter took it in her stride was wonderful. My main complaint with this book was that it was too damn short!

I just love John Marsden. He has such good insight to teenagers emotion. After reading Winter and the Tomorrow series and seeing how fantastic they are, I am going to have to read some more of the books that he has written.
Nov 23, 2015 Linley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
A four star book. John Marsden has written a very intriguing story with one of the best heroines I've come across for years. Winter's tale is not too long but rich with detail, feelings and atmosphere.

Recommended to any Y9-13 who prefers their stories short, wants a good read and likes feisty girls! Worth it.
Dami (Damiellar)
I really quite enjoyed this. It was great to read another stand-alone John Marsden (and yes I was guilty of leaving it unread on my shelves for waaay too long). This book spans a very short space of time where Winter is trying to remember/work out what happened when she was younger. It's an often told tale, but told well it's definitely worth it. This was.
Apr 23, 2013 Therese rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this well written book, but it was too short, there was much more to Winter's story that could have been developed and worked with. Her character seemed to gather more goodwill from her neighbors than her abrasiveness warranted too, so sometimes the results she had were not entirely logical. However, a very good book, one of the better ones I have read in awhile.
Not a book I'd read again, and not one my students would enjoy. Too "talky" and although I like the independent high-school girl character who comes back to her old home after leaving school, once you understand her problem and what she's looking to find out, you'll predict what the answer is.
Jul 18, 2012 Charley rated it it was amazing
One of the most powerful and moving books I read as an eleven year old and continue to reread every year. The story itself is just beautiful and the writing of Marsden really captures what is at the heart of the story
Very intriguing story that makes you want to keep reading just to find out what happens. Not sure if this lives up to the standards of some of Marsden's other works (i.e. The Tomorrow series) but was an excellent read nontheless
Tara Calaby
Marsden always writes things well. This is quite a short tale, and a reasonably straightforward mystery, but it's written in a solid style and a good voice and was an entertaining read. I'm not sure it really has re-readability value, though.
Feb 10, 2014 Kara rated it did not like it
Have to read this book for English at school don't know if I'm to fond of it yet hope it gets more exiting through out the book
Michelle Adams
Jan 30, 2013 Michelle Adams rated it liked it
I'm a great Marsden fan and I think this is a great story but it felt a bit rushed. A lot of story in a short book left the characters a bit underdeveloped.
Oct 28, 2013 Alana rated it it was amazing
this is a really great book it is one if the books that i have read that you get conected in and i love the detail. Another great book by John Marsden is; Lookin for Trouble. It is great
I loved this book. I read this in high school and this would be the best book I had read at school. Really good!
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His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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