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The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls
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The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls
Fifteen-year-old Henry Holloway isn't immoral, he's just hungry. His mother died when he was nine, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Andy and his friends, all amiable small-time crooks. When Uncle Andy is sent to prison, Henry takes up residence in an abandoned tree house in order to escape the notice of Social Services. His mission? To survive on his own while preserving his cherished independence. Fortunately, Henry possesses all the skills it takes to be a successful house burglar. Henry is an unusually resourceful and considerate burglar – often tidying up the places he robs – until he's caught. The terms of his probation? He must live with the Wingates, a strange family in a small town called Snowflake Falls. Henry is just getting used to his temporary family when the newly liberated Uncle Andy and his criminal friends draw him into a plan to rob the citizens of Snowflake Falls. Will Henry be loyal to his uncle or will he break with the past and do the right thing?
Fifteen-year-old Henry Holloway isn't immoral, he's just hungry. His mother died when he was nine, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Andy and his friends, all amiable small-time crooks. When Uncle Andy is sent to prison, Henry takes up residence in an abandoned tree house in order to escape the notice of Social Services. His mission? To survive on his own while preserving his cherished independence. Fortunately, Henry possesses all the skills it takes to be a successful house burglar. Henry is an unusually resourceful and considerate burglar – often tidying up the places he robs – until he's caught. The terms of his probation? He must live with the Wingates, a strange family in a small town called Snowflake Falls. Henry is just getting used to his temporary family when the newly liberated Uncle Andy and his criminal friends draw him into a plan to rob the citizens of Snowflake Falls. Will Henry be loyal to his uncle or will he break with the past and do the right thing?
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About the Author-
  • John Lekich is a Vancouver-based author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. A former West Coast arts correspondent for The Globe and Mail, he is the recipient of ten regional and national magazine awards.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 30, 2012
    Slow pacing and a frontloaded back-story undercut Lekich's (King of the Lost and Found) coming-of-age novel about a teenage thief who finds redemption. Raised by his uncle Andy in a community of minor miscreants following his mother's death, Henry learned the art of picking locks at a young age. When Andy is sent to prison, Henry avoids the foster care system by living in a tree house, surviving by breaking into neighbors' houses and stealing bits of food. Somewhat improbably, Henry's conscience won't allow him to take more than he needs, and in exchange for what he does take, he often performs light chores. Upon getting caught, Henry is sentenced to a program called Second Chances, which places him in the town of Snowflake Falls, where he is to live with the puzzling and eccentric Wingate family. The quirky, small-town characters—especially brainy, socially awkward 11-year-old Charlotte—provide lively dialogue, humor, and an opportunity for Henry to become more fully developed, but readers may tire of Henry's heavy reminiscing about his upbringing throughout the first half before the core plot comes into play. Ages 12–up.

  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2012

    Gr 8 Up-Fifteen-year-old Henry's mother has died; his guardian, his Uncle Andy (a very nice small-time crook), is in jail, and Henry is trying to stay out of the foster care system by making it on his own. He's living in an abandoned tree house and stealing to get by. But don't get the wrong idea. Henry is a considerate thief: cleaning houses, putting money into piggy banks, and never taking birthday cake. When he eventually gets caught, his good-natured thoughtfulness saves him from incarceration. He is sentenced to a rehabilitation program in tiny Snowflake Falls on Northern Vancouver Island. Living with a foster family, working several part-time jobs, and volunteering as a reader for a cranky old man all lead to wacky high jinks and some lessons for Henry. The first half of the book moves at a leisurely pace, establishing the teen as a truly sympathetic character despite his criminal tendencies. The second half, set in Snowflake Falls, has more action. There are plenty of amusing parts and the language, especially in scenes with Uncle Andy and his cohorts, is playful and Runyon-esque. All of the small time crooks come off as friendly old guys; there is never a hint of menace to them. This is a charming, funny coming-of-age story with terrific writing, characters to root for, and a completely satisfying ending to a silly caper.-Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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