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"The best way to avoid being picked on by high school bullies is to kill someone."

Karina has plenty to worry about on the last day of seventh grade: finding three Ds and a C on her report card again, getting laughed at by everyone again, being sent to the principal — again. She'd like this to change, but with her and her sisters dodging their stepfather's fists every day after school, she doesn't have time to do much self-reflecting. Finally her stepfather is taken away on child abuse charges, and Karina thinks things might turn into something resembling normal. The problem is, he's not gone for good. And as Karina becomes closer with a girl at the community center where her stepfather is not showing up for his parenting classes, she starts to realize a couple things. First, for all the problems her family had tried to escape by immigrating from Haiti, they brought most of them along to upstate New York. And second, if anything is going to change for this family, it is going to be up to Karina and her sisters to make it happen.

M. Sindy Felin's debut novel is the story of a young girl's coming-of-age amid the violent waters that run just beneath the surface of suburbia — a story that has the courage to ask: How far will you go to protect the ones you love?

Review:

"'Beginning with the chilling statement, 'The best way to avoid being picked on by high school bullies is to kill someone,' first-time author Felin draws readers into the chaotic, often violent world of a Haitian-American girl's coming-of-age in upstate New York during the 1980s. Karina, the 14-year-old narrator, expresses her feelings of isolation at school, where she is often taunted, and explains why her situation is even less bearable at home. There, she and her seven siblings and cousins live in constant fear of being beaten by 'the Daddy,' her 'too-fat-for-his-pants' stepfather. After one of his 'beat-ups' nearly takes the life of Karina's older sister, Karina knows that someone should contact the authorities. But getting the police involved could do as much harm as good: Karina's cousins — illegal aliens — might get sent back to Haiti and her mother might have to go on welfare. Not only does Karina keep silent about her stepfather's actions but she even takes the blame for her sister's injuries. Candid first-person narrative brings to life the terror, anxiety and pain Karina is forced to endure throughout her family's ordeal, as well as the joy she experiences when she eventually finds a confidante with whom she can share her secret. Despite its disturbing imagery, the book carries a strong message about the complexities of abuse and why victims are not always willing to take a stand. Teens will keep pages turning to learn how and under what circumstances Karina takes her revenge. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Although the resolution is brutal, this story is a compelling read from an important and much-needed new voice. Readers will cheer for the young narrator who is determined to step out of the role of victim and build a safe and meaningful life for herself and her family." School Library Journal

Review:

"Remarkably nuanced characters give this emotionally challenging read just enough humanity to make it bearable." Horn Book Magazine

Review:

"Karina is a funny, whip-smart girl caught in the middle of a nightmare. Only when I laughed out loud did I remember to breathe." Valerie Hobbs, author of Defiance

Review:

"M. Sindy Felin is a writer whose words flow like mercury — volatile and dangerous. She is a wonderful, mesmerizing new talent." Sharon M. Draper, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Battle of Jericho

Review:

"Felin touches those who have kept a family secret when it should have been exposed, and that is far too many readers." VOYA

Review:

"This is as good as The Color Purple in its own way and contains some of the same elements that make that novel problematic for YA libraries: terrible, dysfunctional family relationships, brutality, lesbian experiences. And like The Color Purple, Touching Snow gives us amazingly resilient heroines, with an original, authentic voice telling the story of survival." KLIATT

Review:

"At times, the first-person narration grates, but the tale never loses momentum." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;M. Sindy Felinandlt;/Bandgt; was born in Brooklyn, New York to Hatian immigrants and grew up in suburban Rockland County. She was the first person in her extended family to have been born in the United States, and the first girl to attend college--she graduated from Wesleyan University in 1994. andlt;iandgt;Touching Snowandlt;/iandgt; is her first novel. Sindy lives just outside Washington, D.C

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416917953
Author:
Felin, M. Sindy
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Stepfathers
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Physical and Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 240 pages Atheneum Books - English 9781416917953 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Beginning with the chilling statement, 'The best way to avoid being picked on by high school bullies is to kill someone,' first-time author Felin draws readers into the chaotic, often violent world of a Haitian-American girl's coming-of-age in upstate New York during the 1980s. Karina, the 14-year-old narrator, expresses her feelings of isolation at school, where she is often taunted, and explains why her situation is even less bearable at home. There, she and her seven siblings and cousins live in constant fear of being beaten by 'the Daddy,' her 'too-fat-for-his-pants' stepfather. After one of his 'beat-ups' nearly takes the life of Karina's older sister, Karina knows that someone should contact the authorities. But getting the police involved could do as much harm as good: Karina's cousins — illegal aliens — might get sent back to Haiti and her mother might have to go on welfare. Not only does Karina keep silent about her stepfather's actions but she even takes the blame for her sister's injuries. Candid first-person narrative brings to life the terror, anxiety and pain Karina is forced to endure throughout her family's ordeal, as well as the joy she experiences when she eventually finds a confidante with whom she can share her secret. Despite its disturbing imagery, the book carries a strong message about the complexities of abuse and why victims are not always willing to take a stand. Teens will keep pages turning to learn how and under what circumstances Karina takes her revenge. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Although the resolution is brutal, this story is a compelling read from an important and much-needed new voice. Readers will cheer for the young narrator who is determined to step out of the role of victim and build a safe and meaningful life for herself and her family."
"Review" by , "Remarkably nuanced characters give this emotionally challenging read just enough humanity to make it bearable."
"Review" by , "Karina is a funny, whip-smart girl caught in the middle of a nightmare. Only when I laughed out loud did I remember to breathe."
"Review" by , "M. Sindy Felin is a writer whose words flow like mercury — volatile and dangerous. She is a wonderful, mesmerizing new talent."
"Review" by , "Felin touches those who have kept a family secret when it should have been exposed, and that is far too many readers."
"Review" by , "This is as good as The Color Purple in its own way and contains some of the same elements that make that novel problematic for YA libraries: terrible, dysfunctional family relationships, brutality, lesbian experiences. And like The Color Purple, Touching Snow gives us amazingly resilient heroines, with an original, authentic voice telling the story of survival."
"Review" by , "At times, the first-person narration grates, but the tale never loses momentum."
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