Hannah must rely on her survival instincts to endure a brutal ice storm and save her family.
At first, when a massive ice storm traps fourteen-year-old Hannah and her family in a remote cabin, it feels like a game to practise the survival skills she's been learning. That all changes when an accident leaves her mother desperately low on insulin. With no power and no way to contact the outside world, Hannah steals away with the four family dogs tied to an old dogsled.
All she has to do is make it to the nearest cabin and find a working phone to save the day. But a wrong turn and worsening weather leave her in grave danger and saddled with an unexpected passenger. Hannah must use all her skills and resourcefulness to get help for her family — before they all freeze to death in the wilderness.
Jo Storm grew up in Muskoka and makes frequent pilgrimages there to lean her back up against the Canadian Shield. She has trained dogs in agility, obedience, and scent detection, and is a dog sledder. She lives in northern Ontario.
? Storm amazingly creates a complex story with strong, complex characters set in her native northern Ontario. Readers will feel the cold, as well as Hannah's fear and determination, ensuring they are riveted until the last page.
Storm's novel is fast paced and engaging, with a realistic plot that is not always seen in other YA survival/adventure novels. While Hannah starts off as immature, she grows in a realistic character arc and has a believable amount of skill and knowledge given the plot circumstances. Storm also balances descriptions of Northern Ontario, background information on running a sled dog team, and plot well enough for readers to be engaged and informed. Recommended for fans of adventure and survival fiction.
Anything that could go wrong does, but Hannah keeps moving forward in a learn-as-you-go adventure
The author does a good job of creating conflict and tension… kids will definitely appreciate the unexpected dangers that [the characters] face and their ability to think on their feet. Recommended.