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The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball (paperback)

Paperback, 224 pages, Middle grade fiction, Ages 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-944762-31-5



Available as an e-book in these formats:

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

About this Book:

Gold Medal, 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Pre-Teen Fiction

Cheerful Ruby LaRue and her shy friend Eleanor Bandaranaike couldn’t be more different. Ruby has lived her whole life in the small ski town of Paris, New Hampshire. Eleanor's family comes from Sri Lanka. But these unlikely best friends share one thing: they both have BIG plans. So when a mysterious fortune teller urges them to go outside their world to unlock their dreams, they plunge down a whirlwind path to try to reach their goals.

A relevant story in today’s world—exploring cross-cultural sensitivities and diversity within a classic New England microcosm—The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball questions the role of destiny and the ability we have to achieve that which seems impossible.

The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball

"A relevant story in today’s world―exploring cross-cultural sensitivities and diversity within a classic New England microcosm―The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball questions the role of destiny and the ability we all have to achieve that which seems impossible." ––LitPick Top Choice Book Review,

"Vastly different cultures can't prevent [these girls] from being best friends in this heartwarming, inspirational tale [. . .] Both girls also learn that to make a friend you must be a friend, as well as the hard lesson that people are not always as bad or as good as they first appear, and that kindness will always be returned."
––Bill Bushnell, Central Maine Newspapers  

“A feel-good story that has it all, this work touches upon topics such as blended families, cultural diversity, economics, and even physical well-being without an ounce of moralization.”—The School Library Journal

"Atkinson offers two adorable characters who are as different as they are brave and builds a sweet tale of inspiration and triumph over factors usually far beyond kids' control."—Kirkus Reviews

"This affable story of a snow-filled middle school winter is a pleasant and entertaining read. Ruby is a typical middle school girl who eats a lot of junk food, takes care of her brothers, moons over the popular boy at school, and finds herself in humorous situations . . . the integration of issues around socioeconomic status and cultural sensitivity elevate this novel beyond the usual friendship tale. Sri Lankan characters are few and far between in young adult fiction, and the author’s respect for Sri Lankan culture shows."—VOYA Magazine

"The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball celebrates friendship, family and new beginnings—and the voices of Atkinson’s characters will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished the book.”—Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents Magazine

“In prose as smooth as a dripping icicle, Elizabeth Atkinson tells the tale of one eventful winter in the lives of sixth grader Ruby and her friend Eleanor. Beginning—and ending—with lost socks and readings from the mysterious psychic Madame Magnifique, this story is about discovering what it means to have your dreams come true.”—Cynthia DeFelice, award-winning author of more than 30 books including Weasel, Wild Life, and Fort

"Crafting a heartwarming tale with relevance and substance, Elizabeth Atkinson’s novel is pure and true. It embraces the idea of believing in yourself, taking chances, and appreciating the people that surround you." —Lisa Allard, The New Hampshire Writers' Project

“Truly, apart from The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball being an inspiring and informative work . . .  it is fun and exciting." ––Lois Henderson,

Elizabeth Atkinson

About this Author

Elizabeth Atkinson is the author of The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball, which won the Gold Medal for Pre-Teen Fiction at the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. She is also the author of the



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