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Snow Place Like Home

(Diary of an Ice Princess #1)

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Princess Lina has a life any kid would envy. She lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! She loves making lemons into lemon ice, riding wind gusts around the sky, and turning her bedroom into a real life snow globe.

There's just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Amy Risner
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, 2019-arcs
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a cute story and even as a 30-something year-old, I found the characters and themes so relatable!

Dairy of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home tells the story of Lina, a princess who lives in a palace in the clouds. Her mother is a Windtamer and her father is a human (pilot!) It turns out that everyone on Lina's maternal side of the family can control some aspects of the weather, but Lina is struggling with summoning her
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Akoss
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releasing 6/25/19

Princess Lina just like her mom, is a windtamer. She’s been working hard at learning to control her powers, but it's not until she gives herself time to understand why nothing is working the way it’s supposed to, that she finds the answer about her true self.
I love how vibrant Lina’s voice is. Her diary will draw you in from the star
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Laurie
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interest Level: K-3

Imagine that you can control the winds and weather. Cool, right? Now imagine that everyone in your family is great at this but you... not so much. Princess Lina knows that she needs to practice her powers of controlling the wind, but what she really wants to do is go to regular school with her best friend, Claudia. Lina's grandfather is not happy about it, but as long as she promises to practice on the weekends he is okay with her going. She is so nervous about going to school
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Debbi Florence
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy to see a fabulous chapter book starring a mixed race character. My daughter (who is biracial) would have loved this book when she was a child, as she was constantly on the look out for characters that looked like her. Snow Place Like Home is about Lina, half Groundling and half Windtamer, who is trying to find her place in the world, while also trying to please her family and (Groundling) best friend. Lina is overjoyed to get to go to Groundling school with her best friend (who know ...more
KidlitUnderground
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kidlit Exchange Partner - also thank you to Scholastic for the ARC! All opinions are my own, but we'll have a problem if you disagree with me on the awesomeness of this new series.

If FROZEN was rewritten to be funnier, voicier, and more diverse, you would have something similar to Christina Soontornvat’s new chapter book/early Middle Grade book DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS: SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME. (First in a series).


On its face, Diary of an Ice Princess is a humorous and fun series about Princess Li
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Tina Tomczak
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I received an advanced copy of this book through Twitter. I was particularly interested in reviewing this book because it features diverse characters and also STEM/STEAM topics. The main character, Lina, is an Asian princess who lives in a palace in the sky. Her grandfather is the North Wind and he is teaching Lina how to control her family powers. Everyone believes Lina is a "Windtamer" like her mom and it's only a matter of time until she is able to control her powers. Lina longs to be with he ...more
Shannon
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
My teaching partner received a copy of this book through twitter and I am so glad! This book features diverse characters and the main character is Asian. As a new mom to a bi-racial (half Chinese) girl I am now so much more aware of the lack of character diversity in children’s books. What I love about this book is that race or culture isn’t even mentioned. Many diverse books focus on culture or heavy topics when all kids really want is to read a fun story with a character that looks like them. ...more
RedPoppyReading
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Diary of an Ice Princess #1: Snow Place Like Home” by Christina Soontornvat and illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs, combines princesses, STEM and finding your true self! Lina is a princess from a long line of ancestors who have magic powers to control the weather and her grandfather is sure she is a windtamer like him, but Lina wants to be a regular kid at a regular school. Lina talks her parents into letting her attend regular school with her best friend as long as she will practice controll ...more
Rebecca Donnelly
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME is the first entry in a new series, Diary of an Ice Princess, about Lina, whose mother is a Windtamer and whose father is a groundling, or ordinary, nonmagical human. All of her mother's family has weather-related powers, and Lina will, too, but she's more interested in going to a groundling school with her best friend Claudia. Lina gets permission to go, but not everything goes as expected! Science enters the story when Lina enters a science fair and learns about the effect ...more
Paula
I'm always looking for a good Early Chapter Book series and Christina Soontornvat has created a new one that I think will be a hit with readers. Lina's mom is a "Windtamer" (with power to control the weather,) her father is a "Groundling" (think Muggle!) and Lina is also gifted as a Windtamer-or is she? Even with the aid and guidance of her Granddad (the North Wind), Lina can't seem to control her gifts. When she begins to attend Groundling School, things become even more complicated. My copy wa ...more
Kris Paquette
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This chapter book has wonderful text graphics that will pull the reader into the story. It features a great science-based topic and interesting DIVERSE characters. A charming read for emerging readers, and a book that my lower-level fifth graders will find fun as they begin to blossom into chapter books and gain confidence. I love that the main character is smart, fun, and the book is appealing for older readers as well. Can't wait to add book two to my classroom library.
Jason Gallaher
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this new series so much! Magic, friendship, such a fun family that everyone can relate to. Love it! Can't wait to dive into the second book!
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Christina Soontornvat is the author of the middle grade fantasy novel, THE CHANGELINGS, the story of an 11-year old girl who teams up with a group of shapeshifting children to rescue her sister from the clutches of a cruel witch. She is also the author of the forthcoming picture book, THE RAMBLE SHAMBLE CHILDREN.

Christina grew up in a small Texas town, where she spent most of her formative years
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Diary of an Ice Princess (4 books)
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  • The Big Freeze (Diary of an Ice Princess #4)