Cover image for Winter
Marsden, John, 1950-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
147 pages ; 22 cm
Winter, a 16-year-old girl in Australia, faces her family's tragic past in order to move ahead with her own future.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.8 5.0 62987.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.3 10 Quiz: 30734 Guided reading level: NR.
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X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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An intense coming-of-age novel from internationally best-selling author John Marsden, poised for breakthrough US success.

For twelve years Winter has been haunted. Her past, her memories, her feelings, will not leave her alone. And now, at sixteen, the time has come for her to act. She must head back to her old home, where a pair of family tragedies forever altered her life. What she discovers is powerful and shocking -- but must be dealt with in order for life to go on.
This is the striking new novel from John Marsden, Australia's #1 best-selling author for teens, who is ready for his US breakthrough. It rings with hard truths that will resonate incredibly with YA readers.

Author Notes

John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950. He was working as a teacher when his first book, So Much to Tell You, was published in 1987. His other works include the Tomorrow series and Ellie chronicles. He bought an 850-acre property just outside Melbourne, Australia where he ran writers' courses and camps for eight years. In 2006, he opened a school there called Candlebark.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In what PW called "an engrossing novel," a 16-year-old girl returns to her late parents' estate determined to solve the riddle of their death. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-In this short but satisfying Australian novel, 16-year-old Winter is determined to know the truth about her parents. Orphaned at four years old, she has spent most of her life with cold, uncaring relatives in Canberra. Now she has returned to her childhood home, Warriewood. Instead of answers, however, she finds more problems, from an irritating but intriguing boy next door to the crooked managers who are supposed to take care of her land and cattle but are instead stealing from the estate. Told that her parents drowned in a sailing accident, Winter visits their graves and discovers that her mother actually died six months after her father. To find out what really happened, she confronts the local authorities, a doctor, and her strong-willed great aunt, any or all of whom may be trying to cover up the truth. At first, the teen seems stubborn to the point of unreasonableness, but before long readers will warm to her and cheer her on. As the secrets of her past are revealed, she takes charge of her inheritance and of her life; at the same time, her icy reserve begins to thaw. The facts of her mother's death, when they finally come out, are unexpected enough to make for a gratifying conclusion. Teens will especially enjoy the ferocity with which Winter stands up to the adults who try to take advantage of her.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.