Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.
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- Margaret K. McElderry Books |
- 320 pages |
- ISBN 9781416986430 |
- October 2009 |
- Grades 7 and up |
- Lexile 550
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ONCE UPON A TIME, in a land far to the north, there lived a lovely maiden . . .
Latitude 72° 13’ 30” N
Longitude 152° 06’ 52” W
Altitude 3 ft.
CASSIE KILLED THE SNOWMOBILE ENGINE.
Total silence, her favorite sound. Ice crystals spun in the Arctic air. Sparkling in the predawn light, they looked like diamond dust. Beneath her ice-encrusted face mask, she smiled. She loved this: just her, the ice, and the bear.
“Don’t move,” she whispered at the polar bear.
Cassie felt behind her and unhooked the rifle....see more
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