The Winter Road
By Terry Hokenson
(Front Street, Hardcover, 9781932425451, 175pp.)
Publication Date: May 2006
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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.