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Snow Lane

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Fifth-grader Annie is just like every other girl in her small suburban town. Except she’s starting to realize that she isn’t.

Annie is the youngest of nine children. Instead of being considered the baby of the family, she wants to carve out place for herself in the world. But it’s hard to find your destiny when the only thing you’re good at is being cheerful. Annie is lear
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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Josephine Angelini Sorry for the late reply!!

I am quite proud of it. I don't know if you've read it yet, but it's very personal. Writing it was a very cathartic experie…more
Sorry for the late reply!!

I am quite proud of it. I don't know if you've read it yet, but it's very personal. Writing it was a very cathartic experience to say the least. :)(less)

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Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Antoinette Elizabeth Bianchi is the youngest of 9 children. 8 girls and 1 boy live in the house on Snow Lane. Their father works several jobs, and also works on the family farm. The kids help out, too. It takes a lot of work to keep a family of 11 going. Antoinette (called Annie) has multiple health problems. She is dyslexic, and prone to fits of vomiting and fatigue.

Slowly as Annie tells the story of her family, the truth comes out. The older children are forced to act as parents to the younge
Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
No . . . No . . . No

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I am of the opinion, there is NO justification for the usage of expletives in children's books; certainly not in a chapter book geared for third through sixth grades. PERIOD. The argument that children hear worse at school, doesn't hold water. Who is RESPONSIBLE for driving the bus? Adults or the children?

The road less traveled these days seems to be the Moral one.

ONE * Three Star Story, Killed with Expletives * STAR
Jordan Henrichs
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a book. What a voice. The following lines from the book pretty much serve as its own thesis statement:

"You tell yourself what you have to tell yourself to hold on to whatever it is that's outside of all this insanity that makes you feel normal. So you never tell your friends and you never let them inside and you pretend that you're as normal as they are, because you just wouldn't be able to get through the day if you didn't."

I'm not really giving anything away by sharing that, Annie's
Leonard Kim
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. First of all, it’s fairly common now for children’s books to feature characters who are academically gifted who may have a social/learning disorder such as being on the autism spectrum or at the very least awkward and lacking in some element of social or emotional intelligence. Well-intentioned and well-received as these books often are, I almost never find them convincing or credible. I am listening to You Go First right now and finding it trying for just this reason. Anyway, I think ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was good. And also sad/hard. Ignore the reviews that only talk about the use of profanity. They are totally missing the point as usual.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Snow Lane
Josie Angelina

What it's all about...

Antoinette Elizabeth Bianchi is the youngest of 9 children in a very Catholic family. There are 8 girls and 1 boy. Antoinette’s father works three jobs to support his family. Antoinette’s mother just works round the clock but seems to ignore most of her children while nothing ever gets done. She is obsessed with church. Every time a baby is born an older sister is assigned to raise that baby. Sometimes the sister is kind...sometimes that sister is
Ms. Yingling
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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In 1985, Annie is the youngest of nine kids in a Catholic family, which was an unusually big family for the time. Some of her siblings are nice; some are not. Her father works several jobs, and her mother struggles to keep up with the demands of so many children. Life has its good moments, like when Annie gets to work on her aunt and uncle's farm, and it's bad, which mainly include her sister Fay. Mainly, however, life involves the day to day struggle to make it th
Destinee Sutton
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent first-person narration -- Annie's voice is so specific and believable even though Annie as a character is extraordinary (she's intellectually gifted, she's a neglected and abused child, she is stunningly naive and optimistic, she's dyslexic, she is funny and likable). With the right narrator, this could be an outstanding audiobook. Annie leapt off the page for me.

Annie is the youngest of nine children in a big Catholic family in the 1980s (the Challenger disaster happens with Annie's
Apr 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
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09/04/17 — A NEW JOSEPHINE ANGELINI BOOK??? IM SO THERE!!! Freaking love her books *cries*
I found this story compelling. Once I reached a certain point I didn't want to stop. I do however question Annie's voice, she was shown to be both naive and all-understanding of the inner thoughts and motivations of those around her. This is a lot for a fifth-graders. She felt so much older, except when she felt much younger.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book broke my heart. I'm not sure I'd want my 5th grader to read it and not just because Annie cusses a lot. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to make sure Annie was okay.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to this book; a story about a large Catholic family just like mine and I loved it for the first 12 pages. My first point of confusion was that I couldn't figure out the age order of the siblings. I reread those pages several times and even made a chart of names, nicknames and ages. I figured I would be able to fill in the missing ages as I read, didn't happen. Kids want to know this stuff, position in a family is very important to children; It's important to me! But ...more
It won't be easy to read this story of abuse, neglect, and bullying at the hands of family members, but I hope that readers will persist in finishing it because it is so well written. Fifth grader Annie Bianchi is the youngest of nine siblings at 17 Snow Lane in 1985 Massachusetts. School isn't easy for Annie because of her dyslexia, but she tries hard and has a positive attitude. When her sister runs away from home, the family's secrets are revealed. I fell in love with Annie and I was relieved ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I had mixed feelings about “Snow Lane”. While there are some parts that really stood out, I felt like the overall execution could have been better.

The characters are the strong point of the book. The author has wonderfully written the characters and I liked Annie and Jordan from the get go. The protagonists focus on doing what they feel is right even if nobody understands them. The supporting characters are written in a down to Earth and three dimensional manner where you can easily relate to th
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Annie is the youngest of nine children and they have helped to raise one another. They love each other fiercely, and often hate one another fiercely too. As Annie tries to find her place in the world, the dysfunctions within her family threatens to poke through. Can the dysfunctions be kept hidden and should they?

There are kids who need this book because there are pieces of their family within the covers of this book, kids who need to see that they are not alone in the world in their plight. And

This is a very touching book that deals with child abuse and neglect.

There are some Level 5 swear words in this novel but nothing upper middle grade children haven't heard before.

Plus, anyone focuses on that aspect of the book totally missed the point.
Alicia Gebert
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’d definitely recommend this book for the older end of middle grade readers. As an adult I really enjoyed this story. I find myself drawn to young reader and middle grade realistic fiction. I picked up this book based solely on the cover. Stories like this really pull at your heartstrings.
R. G. Nairam
I have really conflicted feelings on this book.

On one hand:

-It is well-written, compelling, and avoids the trap of making the abuse work for shock value or as grossly fascinating in its monstrosity. The only thing you want is for Annie to escape. For Nora to escape. For /everyone/ to escape.

-It also, of course, could be very helpful and comforting to children (or young adults) in these kinds of situations. It presents the complex problem of dependence, fear, and love. It doesn't give easy answe
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annie is a darned cheerful kid. And the more you learn about her life, the more you realize how she's an awfully resilient kid to be so cheerful in the face of her situation.

She's the youngest of nine in a very Catholic family in Massachusetts, and of course they are struggling. She doesn't have any shoes to wear to school when it starts in the fall until an older sister takes pity on her and buys her a pair with her babysitting money. On the weekends her whole family is trucked out to the famil
I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review. I was expecting this to be an interesting novel about a fifth grade girl growing up during the 1980s. I was pleasantly surprised by just how compelling this story was. The book takes readers through a year in the life of a very troubled and dysfunctional family. At first I kind of thought they were quirky because they were a big family. But as the story developed, I realized that this family situ ...more
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Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book for the sole reason that the main character is in fifth grade in 1985, I was in the fifth grade in 1985! I was looking forward to the references, cabbage patch kids, the Challenger space shuttle disaster ect… However this book was surprisingly deeper than I expected. Ok, I'll also admit it the cover also caught my eye too.
The main character is the ninth of nine children, quickly in you realize there is major family dysfunction. This is a relatable story for children going t
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What did I think of the book, asks Goodreads.

Umm can’t think. Heart ripped out of chest.
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Seems like a good kids book, the main character is 10 or 11 I think.
Sarah Pierce
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so let me just start off by saying Josie is my favorite Author. This was a book completely different from her past books. I wasn't sure what to expect!

I started off annotating this book. And then I became so engrossed in the story that that went down the drain. I also didn't rate this right away because I had so many feelings within the book that I had to sit on it for a few days before I rated it and wrote this review.

There were so many times within this book that I found myself thinkin
Angie Fehl
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Annie is the youngest of nine children -- 8 girls, 1 boy -- growing up in the 1980s. Annie's Irish-Italian family leans towards various kinds of brilliance that often leave her feeling distinctly in a space of "less than." Her father is a chemist, math teacher, and part-time farmer, while sister Miriam is a math genius who, at the age of 19, has already been attending college for three years. Dyslexic, Annie is often treated as sort of an afterthought by her mother. Several of the sisters can be ...more
Valerie McEnroe
I just gotta say, this book is weird. I liked it to some degree, but I couldn't quite figure out what this book wanted to be. A book about religion. Child abuse. Dyslexia. It crams a lot of themes into one book.

Annie is the youngest of 9 children, 8 girls and 1 boy. She has dyslexia and according to her sisters she can't do anything right. She's unorganized. She falls out of bed most mornings. She vomits easily. She can't pick blueberries worth a darn. She's socially awkward. Where all of her si
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book arrived yesterday, and I finished it this morning. It's interesting, compelling, and well written. Having read that it's about a large family, I wondered how the author would handle characterization. "Very well," is what I discovered. The sisters who play the biggest roles in the story jump from the page as clear and as real as people we meet face to face. The sisters without major roles are still very present. The house feels full of people (er, and stuff) all the time. The sibling re ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Annie doesn’t live in the type of family that lets them take tropical vacations during school breaks like some of the kids she goes to school with. She is the youngest of nine children in her family and money is tight. Her father works so much that she barely sees him at all unless it is while she is helping out at their family farm picking berries. Her mother doesn’t pay much attention to any of the children except the two talented ones. As Annie returns to school for a new year, she realizes t ...more
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