Mar 232011

Snow Burn by Joel Arnold
Rating: 5/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website, Smashwords

Tommy and Vince are teenage boys who go camping when Vince’s parents go away one weekend. They get caught in a blizzard, and end up stranded with a convict on the run. Will they survive the weekend?

I was impressed with this story. It seems like a natural telling from a teenaged boy. The language and thought process were very smooth and logical. There was humour and emotion, and it all seemed very reasonable, like something that could actually happen.

It is a short story, but packed full of action and emotion. It flowed quickly and easily.

I loved the progression of the what if scenario. As the story advances, the scenario changes to reflect the current situation. If you stop to think of what you’d actually do, it could reveal a lot of how you think and see others.

I think that early teen boys would really like the story, and could easily identify with it. I could see an enterprising teacher or tutor using the what if scenarios to prompt a written response from the reader. It would be a great way to get the reader to identify with and examine the story in more detail. As well as explore what they would be in the situation, and how their answer might change as the situation changes. Any story that creates that type of involvement is a great read.

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