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Hannah's Winter

By Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Moody, complex Japanese fantasy blends reality and mystery.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Great Book!

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age 10+
This book was a great read because the characters were fleshed out, the story was unique, and there were a lot of details that made Japanese history and social customs come alive for the reader. This is one of the most interesting books for older elementray/middle school kids that I've read lately.

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Is It Any Good?

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This story is steeped in Japanese history, culture, climate, people, and language, and the author has a clear appreciation for the quiet beauty of that country. The story is a gentle fantasy that has its main characters going between their real lives in modern Japan to a mystical realm in which they try to help a ghost boy reunite with his family. The combination of fact and fantasy will work for some readers, yet others may find it too grounded to allow real imagination to pervade. The mood is quiet like snow and sweet as innocent friendship, yet the plot is also slightly confusing. The clues are cryptic and often uncovered by luck rather than skill. The drama of talking dragons, scary ghosts, and missing parents is somehow lost, and the emotional impact of the adventures is rather matter-of-fact. Readers with an interest in Japan and a taste for intricately woven tales will enjoy this story, but readers requiring more action and emotional involvement may want to look elsewhere.

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