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Winterkill
by Kate A. Boorman


Overview - Emmeline knows she's not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother's insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it's an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean--even if she has eyes for another.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Emmeline knows she's not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother's insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it's an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean--even if she has eyes for another. But before she's forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can't help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn't careful, she will be next.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781419712357
  • ISBN-10: 1419712357
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 323
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Boorman’s atmospheric, slow-building debut takes on the communal, can-do myth of the Western frontier. In Emmeline’s world, settlers huddle fearfully within their stockade, dreading winter and the predation of the malmaci, a faceless terror that wiped out most humans in the region generations ago. Survival depends on obedience to the ruling Council and the practice of three virtues: Honesty, Bravery, and Discovery. “Waywardness” is punishable by death. That was the fate of Emmeline’s grandmother, and Emmeline still bears the stigma. Emmeline has long since learned that her yearning for Discovery puts her in grave danger of disobedience, but she cannot ignore the urgent dreams that whisper “Find us”—find the Lost People most believe were destroyed by the malmaci. Boorman’s great strength is using qualities common to teenagers—inexperience, idealism, restlessness, insecurity—to realistically shape Emmeline’s behavior. Much of what Emmeline does is well meaning but ill-judged, and her short-term planning brings about consequences she never imagined. Boorman’s frontier may be the stuff of myth, but her protagonist speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Sept.)

 
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