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Thin Ice

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Seventeen-year-old Arden Munro has been raised by her older brother, Scott, ever since the death of their parents 10 years earlier. He has been her only family. But now Scott too is dead--or so believe the local police and everyone in Arden's community. Arden, however, is convinced that Scott has staged his snowmobile accident and purposely disappeared. She will search unt...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Jennifer - The Book Admirer
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Thin Ice by Marsh Qualey is about a girl, Arden and her search for her brother whom she believes is alive but everyone else thinks is dead. After deciding he didn't want to deal with being a parent after already raising is baby sister, Scott fakes his death and goes out to see the world. Arden continues to search for him convinced he is alive based off of very few clues and a brother-sister bond. In the end she does find him by coincidence and brings him back home to deal with t...more

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I am always a bit apprehensive about the first book I read from an author that’s new to me. Great expectations abound, but will I enjoy the book? I was pleasantly surprised. The book can be described as written in the last sentence in the synopsis:

“The page-turning mystery leads to a heart-tugging conclusion that is at once hopeful and sad, piercing and satisfying.”

Though the book was first published in 1997, I...more
Found this while scouring my cousin's bookshelf back in the province and this book, published in 1997, just went to show how timeless good books can be. Can you believe I actually let my self agree to the praise on its cover after finishing it - and that's really saying something because I abhor that word? "Riveting." Rrrrivetiiiing, more like. I wonder why there are lesser YA mystery novels written like this today - this is what we need: gripping, breathtaking, thought-provoking. The plot was a...more
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Picked this as a good re-read for a snowy day. I have had great success booktalking this mystery because the premise is so intriguing: Everyone thinks Arden's brother died when his snowmobile crashed into a snowy river. His body is never found--and she believes he's still alive.

Anyone looking for YA mysteries to recommend should know about Thin Ice, which has great characters and is perhaps the most mainstream of Qualey's novels. (That is not intended to be pejorative toward this book or Qualey'...more
Jen Sculli
This was a well written book that kept my interest and was hard to put down. The main character is Arden, who has already experienced both her parents deaths and has been raised by her older brother. The story involves Arden's search for her brother. While everyone around her believes that he died in a snowmobile accident, Arden is certain that he staged the accident and has run away from his life. It is a story about grief, determination, and coming to grips with the realities of one's own life...more
I liked this YA book about a young girl's search for her missing (and presumed dead) brother. I think it appeals more to a female reader than to a male reader, but it was a pretty good read. Once again, I was not fond of the ending. I think the author painted the brother into a corner and just didn't deal with the consequences realistically.
Definately one of the best books I've read this year. Arden is a artistic girl who is trying to figure out her brother. She is an orphan and her brother has taken care of her since she can remember. But when something goes terribly wrong, Arden has to wonder. Will she ever see her brother again?
The storyline was really interesting, and not already used a million times. Her writing is pretty good too. The book is really a good read, and it is a good one to occupy your time with.
The ending to this book dissappointed me. I couldn't put it down, and I liked the main characters, but the unvailing of the mystery at the end didn't seem to pack the punch I expected.
Kristen Landon
A nice litte mystery, but the mystery to me was not what happened. It was why it happened. The 'what happened' was obvious.
This book is really good, it leads you to diff parts and u cant stop reaidng!
Was interested because its in Minnesota but I couldn't put it down! So good!
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