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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: mother-daughter relationships, grief, road trip, family, health, nontraditional occupations, winter travel
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 16/01/2018
Fry Reading Level: 4.2
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Sixteen-year-old Kat and her mom haven't seen much of each other since Kat's father died last year. Her mom has taken over the family trucking business and has been away a lot. She promised that Kat could join her on her next run, a journey across the frozen Manitoba lake known as the "winter road." But at the last minute she changes her mind. Kat, who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, stows away in the back of the semi instead. By the time her mother discovers her, it's too late to turn back.

School Library Journal - January 26, 2018
"The writing is straightforward with uncomplicated, short sentences, but [the] plotline is immersive. Written between a third and fourth grade reading level, this [book] will particularly appeal to middle school hi-lo readers."
CM Magazine - January 5, 2018
"One of my favourite things about Orca titles is how often I end up learning things from them, and this novel is no exception…Winter Road is a simply written, interesting story that would be suitable for late elementary or junior high readers."
School Library Connection - December 21, 2017
"Butcher tells this story simply while keeping the reader wanting to read more and allowing the reader to experience the thrill and fear of being on the 'winter road.' I would definitely add this title to any middle or high school library."

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2018 | Commended

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