5 Books Featuring…Icy Adventures!
With the return of winter–cold and snow and all the shoveling we had over the weekend (and coming up), we thought you might enjoy some stories in a similar atmosphere. So here’s a list of five books featuring icy settings with some suspenseful mysteries.
Remember, our 5 books feature 5 related Books–One Old, One New, One Popular with Kids, One Well-Reviewed, and One Favorite of library staff–but you’ll have to guess which is which! Each book has a short synopsis and link to the book in the catalog, so you can easily find and request it.
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5 Books Featuring…Icy and Suspenseful Mysteries!
Corbalis, Judy. The Ice Cream Heroes
When Oskar sets off to help his mountaineering mother by delivering her needed ice pick, he is happy not to go alone. His new friend Henrietta (who he met when she was delivering a gorillagram, and never sees outside her gorillagram costume) set out for the Himalayas on what they think will be a simple task. But upon arrival, the two meet a tribe of abominable snowmen who capture them and imprison them in a sinister palace made of ice cream. There, they meet the Great Khone, an ice cream maker searching for the world’s stolen ice cream supply. Before they can escape from their tasty prison, Oskar and Henrietta know they must save the world’s ice cream and face the evil ice cream thief. But first they’ll have to escape and save themselves…
Curry, Jane Louise. The Ice Ghosts Mystery
Could Professor Bird really have fallen into a crevice and died while skiing with and old friend in Austria after a seismological conference? If so, what was the true meaning of the mysterious cable from the hospital that told his family to disregard his reported death? The Bird family isn’t sure what to do, but they want to find their father. Oriole, Perry and Mab fly with their mother to Austria to try and unravel the conflicting reports themselves. Certain that their father is missing, not dead, Perry and Mab soon uncover that Professor Bird has fallen prey to a diabolic scheme that could end the world as we know it. Can they convince the adults that their father is alive and needs them? Can they rescue him themselves? Can they stop the unscrupulous scientists who want to change the world?
L’Engle, Madeleine. Troubling a Star
After more than a year away, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her predictable and secure of life in Thornhill isn’t easy. She’s been changed, both by her life in New York City and her travels around the country. But her old friends seem to have stayed the same. Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington–the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer. Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift–a month-long trip to Antarctica. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She’s never been away from her family before. Once she sets off though, she finds that’s the least of her worries. First come the threatening letters, then the strange things happening around her. Vicky is surrounded by suspicious characters and no longer knows who to trust. But she has to figure it out quickly, or she might not make it home alive.
Pullman, Phillip. The Golden Compass
Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? Yes, because this is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want. But what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other…
Ruby, Jeffrey Michael. Penelope March is Melting
Something sinister has come to Glacier Cove, an icy-cold town that sits on top of an iceberg. Everyone knows that nothing bad has ever happened here…until now. It’s up to Penelope March to stop it. Penelope–the bookworm who lives in the ramshackle house with her brother, Miles. The girl with the mom who disappeared. The one everyone ignores . . . except strange Coral Wanamaker, a tiny thing with raven-black hair and a black coat. When Penelope meets someone who seems to know secrets not only about Glacier Cove but about Penelope herself, she and Miles are pulled into an ancient mystery. Together, they’ll face the coldest, cruelest enemy ever known. Looks like the girl who only reads about adventures is going to start living one.
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So there you have it…5 icy adventures in (mostly) the far north! If you’d like some other suggestions, there’s always our Winter Survival Booklist, from a couple years ago. And, as always, you can ask any of our librarians for help finding a book to read. There are many new chilly titles, not on that list. And we do love to help you find books!
So find a cozy spot and read one of these nnow-filled books. And let us know how you liked any of these titles!