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Hannah's Winter by Kierin Meehan
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Oct 22, 2009

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bookshelves: second-childhood
Recommended to Emily by: Charlotte
Read in October, 2009

a wonderfully evocative ghost story and magical fantasy, set in a small spirit-haunted town on the West (and apparently very snowy) coast of Japan, told from the point of view of an Australian girl who is staying with a Japanese family while her mother is off researching a book. This story only gets three stars from me because there was a kind of pedestrian, paint-by-numbers, connect the dots feel to the solving of the ghostly mystery. However, I loved the writing, and was particularly struck by the contrast between the wildness of the snowy weather outdoors and the coziness of the indoor scenes. I want to be adopted by Hannah's host family. They welcome her and teach her lots about Japanese culture, but even more enticingly, they consume immense quantities of hot chocolate and donuts from "The Honey House", the shop next door. My life is doomed to be incomplete because I will never taste a "Gorgeous Green Glacier", a green tea donut. I want one!
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