Skip to main content
Cover for When Rain Turns to Snow

When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin


List Price: 13.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.



A runaway, 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.

'This book is a joy to read' CBCA Judges report

Praise for Jane Godwin:

'refreshingly unpredictable, bold and refuses to minimise the complex lives of [its] characters' - Saturday Age on As Happy as Here

'an empathetic exploration of family, friendship and how all our actions have consequences' - Readings Monthly

'gentle, well-written and thoroughly engaging' - Adelaide Advertiser

Praise For When Rain Turns to Snow

NATIONAL [PRINT] 'Sunday Life', The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, featured in READ section

NATIONAL [ONLINE] Better Reading, review, July

NATIONAL [ONLINE] Storyfest, inclusion in August EDM

NATIONAL [ONLINE] Storylinks, review

NATIONAL [ONLINE] LoveOzYA, review and social media inclusion

to come.—NATIONAL [PRINT] Wellbeing WILD magazine, 30 July

to come.—NATIONAL [PRINT] Wellbeing magazine, 3 September

to come.—NATIONAL [PRINT] Magpies

featured as 'Stellar pick'—NATIONAL [PRINT] 'Stellar', The Daily Telegraph, [AUDIENCE: 378,449 ASR: AUD 10,626]

Featured as 'Stellar—NATIONAL [PRINT] 'Stellar', Sunday Herald Sun [AUDIENCE : 349,252 ASR: AUD 5,934 ]

So much is covered here - the beauty of friendship, the struggles young people face trying to find their place in the world, the effects of cyberbullying, and the pressure of responsibility—VIC [PRINT] Herald Sun [AUDIENCE: 306,571 ASR: AUD 14,816]

The management of a teenage narrative voice by an adult writer is harder than people think, but Godwin makes Lissa's voice credible and consistent.—NSW & VIC [PRINT] Spectrum, SMH and The Age [AUDIENCE: 241,029 ASR: AUD 10,337]

Lothian Children's Books, 9780734420053, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

About the Author

Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed and internationally published author of many books for children and young people, across all styles and ages. Children's Publisher at Penguin Books Australia for many years, Jane was the co-creator with Davina Bell of the Our Australian Girl series of quality historical fiction for middle readers. Jane's books include her novels A Walk in the Dark (September 2022), Falling From Grace, As Happy as Here (a CBCA Notable Book) and When Rain Turns to Snow (shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers and for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards) and picture books Go Go and the Silver Shoes (illustrated by Anna Walker), The Silver Sea (with Alison Lester and patients at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne) and Watch This! (with designer Beci Orpin and photographer Hilary Walker). Jane is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing experiences for young people, and spends as much time as she can working with them in schools and communities and running literature and writing programs.