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After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

After the Snow by Sophie Crockett is like an orange; hard to get into, but worth it once you’re there. Willo is a young ‘straggler’ boy, which I like, as so many books are written from a female perspective that it’s great to read something different – and this book was certainly something different.
There’s one thing about this book that many will love, but many may hate. The book is written how someone of Willo’s age would speak. The sentences don’t all make grammatical sense, but by using this technique you really feel like it’s being narrated by a child. You see the child’s world through his eyes, and the descriptions make you see things differently.
“Outside the snow’s falling heavy. There ain’t no wind so the flakes are all big and round and soft and they just keep dropping down from the sky one after another straight down like they ain’t never gonna stop”
The story is gripping once you get into it. Willo is out hunting and trapping hares when his family is taken away, with no trace of where they’ve gone. Alone and cold, freezing in the snow, he goes on a journey of survival – him against the world.
His personality and self-worth really develop throughout the book, and other characters like Jacob and Mary shows how he grows as a person.
This is a really good book that, although may not be appealing to everyone, is a worthwhile read that I fully recommend.
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