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Book of the Month!

Introducing our Book of the Month!  We love to celebrate the best in children and young people's literature so each month we'll be choosing a Book of a Month to share with you!  


This month's choice is a debut novel by Ruth Lauren, Prisoner of Ice and Snow published by Bloomsbury.  A thrilling adventure featuring a brave and fearless heroine, dark secrets and a beautiful ice and snow covered landscape. You'll want to read this gripping tale in one sitting!

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the Crown Prince. Her parents were cast out from the royal court. Her sister was banished for the theft of a national treasure. Now Valor has been sentenced to life at Tyur’ma, a brutal prison built from snow and ice. But that’s exactly where she wants to be: her sister was sent there too, and Valor intends to break her out. From the inside. No one has escaped Tyur’ma in over three hundred years though, and if Valor is to succeed, she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If her plan fails, Valor faces a fate worse than any prison....


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