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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Hannah must rely on her survival instincts to endure a brutal ice storm and save her family.



At first, when a massive ice storm traps fourteen-year-old Hannah and her family in a remote cabin, it feels like a game to practise the survival skills she's been learning. That all changes when an accident leaves her mother desperately low on insulin. With no power and no way to
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ebook, 296 pages
Published January 26th 2019 by Dundurn
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Kylie D
A thrilling young adults book that sees 14yo Hannah caught in her family cabin with a massive blizzard on the way. Her father has been called away to help elsewhere, not realising that the worst of the storm is heading for his family. When an accident breaks all her mother's supply of insulin, Hannah sneaks away in the middle of the night with her team of sled dogs to go and get help. However, nothing is straight forward! Through various mishaps and an unexpected passenger, our intrepid heroine ...more
Juli
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things Hannah Williams doesn't understand. She doesn't understand why her family bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere. She doesn't understand why she has to be respectful to everyone, even her annoying younger sister. She doesn't understand why she can't go to away camp like all the other kids her age do. She's tired of being treated like a kid. Tired of staying at a cabin with her family. Tired of her dad's Learning Face every time she whines about his lessons on survival, ...more
Kirsti
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

First off, I really wanted to love this book, because I love survival stories generally. But this one was a little off for me,and a whole lot of that came from the main character, Hannah. She was honestly one of the worst 14 year olds I've ever met; whiny, selfish. foolhardy. There is very little to like about any of the characters actually (like Peter for example, and his attitude towards the dogs) or why the dads would g
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Lectus
Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
So there is a massive storm coming and the father is called in to work to help in the storm (he must have been some type of coast guard or something). Despite of being with his family in a remote cabin, the father chooses to go to save people rather than stay and protect his own. Wow! I guess his sense of duty was bigger than his sense of family. But fine, in YA parents have to be gone for the teenager to be a hero. However, something more convincing wouldn't hurt.

So the family stays trapped in
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Esther
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Snowhook is like something I have never read before, and it is unique in its genre. It's nice to read this book, about the dogs and the sled, it was educational. I'm just not sure if this book is even enjoyable for Teens/YA. It feels like a lot of things are made up during the writing to make the story exciting. I was never scared or afraid for the main character and the story overall felt like something
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Amy
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss Plus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I SO ENJOYED this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, beyond a "wilderness" adventure book, and this was so good. I loved reading about Hannah's trip into the wilderness to try to get to town during a storm in an attempt to get the insulin her mother needs. The insulin that Hannah accidentally knocked off the counter and broke as the weather turned and the temperature d
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Carolyn
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for this suspenseful story of wilderness survival. I am decades beyond the target YA audience for the book but such an adventure book has always been high on my list.

I had several problems with the story which may be my fault. I may have missed the reason why the family were at their isolated cabin during the school term in Toronto, and why they would be there with the possibility of snowstorms and blocked roads. When the father was called away to help wit
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Jenn (The Book Refuge)
*I received an eARC from Netgalley for review. All Opinions are my own.*

This book had a lot of potential with me. I like wilderness books. I like novels where teens have to survive serious situations by using their smarts and working things out. I love stories with animals as a main part, especially dogs. So, there was a lot of hope here for me.

Unfortunately, it was undone by a few factors. I held out hope as long as I could but I ended up getting drug behind the back of the dogsled.

I didn't lik
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Angie
My Review: I received this complimentary book via Netgalley, the following is my honest and unbiased opinion. When I was younger, I was obsessed with dogsled teams and this book really cued into that love. I did struggle a bit to get into this one, I was not a huge fan of Hannah, throughout the book, even though it appears she is doing her best. The urgency of the situation and the dangers that she must overcome felt a little disconnected. I feel like this is a book that would have been even bet ...more
Polly
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy of Snowhook.

The love that the author has for the outdoor lifestyle comes across, but with it the book seems a little instructional at times - it would have been great to see the mechanics of dog sledding narrated and explained in a way that felt a little less like a 101 class.

The ending comes abruptly - the book could do with another couple of chapters in my opinion. It felt like a book full of build up that slightly cheated the reader out of the
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Beth Mendelsohn
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc-s
I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Hannah, 14 years-old, and her family spending part of their winter vacation at their cabin in a remote part of Ontario, 440 miles from Toronto. Her father, who is in the Reserves, is called up to go to Quebec to help with a massive storm that's about to hit the area. Weather being what is is, the storm winds up hitting the area of their cabin. Hannah accidentally breaks her mother's insulin ampules so n
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Jessica Jade
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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Zoe
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I tore through it on my first read-through, and I already know I'm going to go back and read it again and again to pick up on all the details I may have missed in my rush to make sure everything ended up okay!

The characters were all really well-defined, even the secondary characters, with distinct complex personalities. I love that the focus was on Hannah and her development, particularly with relation to her interactions with her dogs and her cousin, and that she c
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Michelle Kidwell
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Snowhook
by Jo Storm
Dundurn

Teens & YA
Pub Date 19 Feb 2019


I am reviewing a copy Of Snowhook through Dundurn and Netgalley:


Hannah looks at the massive ice storm that traps her and her Mom in the remote cabin, it seems like a practice of the survival skills she's been learning. That all changes after an accident leaves her Mother dangerously low on Insulin. With no power and no way to contact the outside world, Hannah must go get help with the four family dogs tied to an old dogsled.


All Hannah c
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Sally
I found this really interesting, and I absolutely loved the setting - as an Australian that amount of snowy danger is impossible to fathom! It reminded me of the blizzards they encountered in the Little House books. Hannah was a fun character too, even if she really didn't think as much as she should have before acting! Peter was horrible though. Absolutely no redeeming features (view spoiler) and I ho ...more
Iris
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. The story was fast paced, Hannah was an out-of-the-ordinary heroine for a YA book, and Peter was just as complex a character which was nice. A thrilling adventure story with strong characters, strong stakes, and strong writing. Recommend for ages 11 and up, male or female.
Kathleen Gray
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect for young teens who like adventure stories, especially those featuring girls. Yes, Hannah is sort of a pill in spots (but she's 14!) and yes you can argue any number of points about her dad leaving when a storm is coming (but who knew the insulin would break?). Read this for what it is. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. I enjoyed this as a quick read.
Susan F
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. Review coming later.
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
*I received an eARC from Netgalley for review. All Opinions are my own.*

This book had a lot of potential with me. I like wilderness books. I like novels where teens have to survive serious situations by using their smarts and working things out. I love stories with animals as a main part, especially dogs. So, there was a lot of hope here for me.

Unfortunately, it was undone by a few factors. I held out hope as long as I could but I ended up getting drug behind the back of the dogsled.

I didn't lik
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Dundurn Press
rated it it was amazing
Dec 03, 2018
Aoife
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a2, a4n, feb, 2018
A quick read about a young girl trapped in a snow storm trying to fetch vital medical supplies for her family. I don't know a lot about sledding, but the details all seem realistic and the story moved along well. However, the ending was very abrupt and left a lot of threads unfinished. I did like that there was no hint of romance between the two characters thrown together, and that they didn't magically get along perfectly just because they'd got caught up together in this dangerous situation.

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Meredith
rated it it was amazing
Jan 29, 2019
Felicia Allen
I felt this book was a little bland. I know I should have been on the edge of my seat with the situation Hannah gets into and severity of the situation, but it was just blah. I didn't feel emotionally invested in any of the characters.
Sarah
rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2018
Alicia Furness
rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2019
Aleana Harris
It was ok read I thought it was brave for Hannah to go into the storm to get help for her family even if I thought she was a bit annoying at times. I don't know it was ok read but some plot didn't really get resolved and I won't go into what thoses plot were you'll have to read it yourself. I really like the book I'll recommend it. Thank you for free copy I hope to read more from this author.
Harriet Smith
rated it it was ok
Sep 12, 2018
Cheryl
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adventures in wintertime Canada

Hannah Williams, her little sister and parents spend part of their time in Toronto, which Hannah loves, but some of their time is spent in a small cabin in the backwoods of northern Ontario, Canada.

Her Dad is in the Army Reserves and he and his neighbor get called to help with snow damages in Quebec.

That should have been fine but Hannah ends up accidentally breaking the containers her mother's insulin were in. Now there's a blizzard and 14 year-old Hannah decides t
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Mary Brickmeier
When I originally read the synopsis of this book it sounded exciting and thrilling and I knew automatically that I would be cheering for Hannah and hoping that she made it out well of the mess that she was in. Once I started reading the actual book though, I found myself still hoping that Hannah and Peter made it out of their traumatic situation okay, but also finding myself getting increasingly more and more frustrated with them. Both of them are young teenagers and obviously do not have the sa ...more
EJ
rated it it was amazing
Oct 04, 2018
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