When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin

When Rain Turns to Snow
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When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin

A runaway boy, a baby and a whole lot of questions…

Lissa is home on her own after school one afternoon when a stranger turns up on the doorstep carrying a baby. Reed is on the run - surely people are looking for him? He’s trying to find out who he really is and thinks Lissa’s mum might have some answers. But how could he be connected to Lissa’s family - and why has he been left in charge of a baby? A baby who is sick, and getting sicker…

Reed’s appearance stirs up untold histories in Lissa’s family, and suddenly she is having to make sense of her past in a way she would never have imagined. Meanwhile, her brother is dealing with a devastating secret of his own.

A beautiful and timely coming-of-age story about finding out who you are in the face of crisis and change. 

Review

Much-loved Melbourne author Jane Godwin’s newest book is an appealing and emotional novel about families and friendships. Lissa doesn’t know what to do when a boy named Reed shows up on her doorstep after school one day with a five-month-old baby and some surprising questions about Lissa’s mother. Nothing about it makes sense and as she does her best to help Reed and the sickly baby – providing them with food and shelter – it seems that suddenly everybody else in Lissa’s family is keeping big secrets too.

Missing her best friend, Lissa is also having an increasingly difficult time navigating toxic friendships at school and people have been saying some troubling things about her older brother. The book takes a look at how and why harmful online behaviour can play out. It’s a novel with some intense themes that are approached compassionately and resolved thoughtfully. With a warm, satisfying ending it’s very well pitched for an upper-middle grade or younger teen audience aged 11-14.


Kim Gruschow is the children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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