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Michael Northrop

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive… . Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision… .


Scotty is your standard teenage boy, with friends, family and the usual set of problems. What he didn’t expect to have as a problem, though, was being stuck in school, with no help, no heat, no food, no water for a week in the middle of a snowstorm. This is teenage social structure condensed, told through the eyes of a boy. This is where the novel is interesting. There’s not a lot of decent, truthful, non-sci-fi YA fiction told through the eyes of a teenage boy (that I’ve read in any case).

I got to the end of this book, and although I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, I wished for a happy ending. You might think that this is giving things away, but not really, you’ll have to read it to understand. They were teenagers just trying to do what they thought were right. I think part of my problem with some of it was that it was very American in style and I’d like to think that Australian teenagers wouldn’t be quite that useless. Luckily we don’t have any serious snowstorms so none of the kids around here will be in that situation.

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