The Lost Frost Girl
By Amy Wilson
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on November 7, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher- “With a name like hers, Owl never expected her life to be normal, at home or at school. But when Owl finds out that she is Jack Frost’s daughter, her world shifts beyond what she could ever imagine.
Determined to meet him, Owl delves into Jack’s wonderful world of winter and magic—the kind of place she thought only existed in fairy tales. And as she notices frost patterns appearing on her skin and her tears turning to ice, Owl starts to wonder if being Jack Frost’s daughter means that she has powers of her very own.”
What I Thought- This was a truly magical book, and an extraordinary debut from Wilson. The story has the feeling of a darker fairy tale, along the lines of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, but still manages to keep a slightly light outlook – grim, but not depressing, if that makes sense. The characters are multi-dimensional, with the little details making them feel as living as people you know – for example, I really like the underlying plot that Owl’s best friend’s parents are separating. It really fills out her friend’s character, and also provides another conflict for Owl (as she feels a need to be there to help, but has other conflicts as well). I also really like the ideas behind the folklore characters, having their personalities be as true to what they represent (the wind, spring, etc.) as possible. It really all made sense, even as the world is falling about for Owl. Wilson has a clear writing style that connects with readers that I found really made the story engaging. I really enjoyed this book, and I would consider reading a sequel if Wilson decides to publish another, even though this book is an excellent standalone.
I give this book five out of five bookworms!