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The Winter Roadby Terry Hokenson
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This visceral survival story pits Willa against both arctic temperatures and her own self-doubt. She'll need more than snow boots and her pilot's training to live through this experience. Seventeen-year-old Willa looks at a knight's helmet that she's made in shop class. After thinking for a moment, she looks for a sledgehammer and smashes it. Since her brother, Ray, died, her mother is never around and her father ignores her. She needs to prove herself to them--and to Ray. So when Uncle Jordy's drinking threatens to ruin her mother's research, Willa jumps in his plane and flies the cold Canadian route alone to pick up her mother.
"In first novelist Hokenson's remarkable story of ingenuity and courage, 17-year-old Willa survives more than two weeks in the wintry wilderness of Ontario after crashlanding her uncle's plane. Willa may be a dreamer, independent and a little 'weird,' but she's had a pilot's license for three years, thanks to her uncle Jordy. In the wake of family grief over her bother Ray's tragic Ski-Doo accident six years earlier, Willa has been feeling unappreciated, especially given her emotionally unavailable father, and a mother who often travels for her work with isolated villages. Yet when it came to flying, 'Ray's bravado became her courage.' The morning that Jordy had planned to take the ski plane to pick up Willa's mother, the teen discovers Jordy passed out, and Willa decides to fly alone. When she stops to refuel, Willa learns of a front fast approaching, but forges ahead anyway, resulting in a crash landing near a frozen lake. The bulk of Willa's story languidly and vividly details her thoughts and actions as she sets about making her own snowshoes, fish traps, shovel, snow caves and toboggan for her survival — and her journey toward the winter road that will take her home. While this novel will remind readers of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, it is a welcome survival tale with a young woman as the sympathetic, brave and resourceful protagonist. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Determined to prove herself to her parents, seventeen-year-old Willa, haunted by the death of her brother, uses her pilot's training and flies the cold Canadian route alone to pick up her mother who has been stranded--a perilous journey that becomes a battle for survival.
Seventeen-year-old Willa, still grieving over the death of her older brother and the neglect of her father, decides to fly a small plane to fetch her mother from Northern Ontario, but when the plane crashes she is all alone in the snowy wilderness.
About the Author
Terry Hokenson grew up in southeast Texas and central Minnesota and worked as a carpenter and an attorney. An avid year-round camper, he lives in Minneapolis and is active in the Minneapolis Quaker Meeting. He has one grown daughter.
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