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Snow, White

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John Creed's nights are haunted by dreams of a white wolf, his days by the hideous class bully. He's a loner with a stutter and his home-life - with an eccentric grandfather who wants to teach him folklore and ancient languages - is isolated and unusual. But then John makes a friend - Fyre. She's as unusual as John and has her own secrets to keep, but as the truth about John's past starts to emerge, she's the best ally he's got...show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 280g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1849415587
  • 9781849415583
  • 341,247

Review quote

"Snow, White is a different and disturbing read ... Definitely worth a look for fans of the morbid and macabre" WeLoveThisBook.com "A world of heroes, villains and blood-curdling horror. I was hooked from the first page through to the very last ... make sure the lights are turned on and the windows and doors are firmly locked!" Guardian Children's Books "[Keith Austin] is an upcoming writer to watch out for; Australia's very own Neil Gaiman ... there are so many things I love about this book." Oz Books For Teachers "A chilling and involving read" South China Postshow more

About Keith Austin

A Cockney born and bred, Keith Austin's first job involved standing waist deep in a vat full of live eels. He quickly turned to journalism and began an international career which has taken him from The Sunday Times in London, via the China Daily newspaper in Beijing, to the Sydney Morning Herald where he was chief sub before turning to writing. He is now concentrating full time on writing.show more

Review Text

"[Keith Austin] is an upcoming writer to watch out for; Australia’s very own Neil Gaiman . . . there are so many things I love about this book."show more

Back cover copy

Fee, fi, fo, fum . . . John Creed doesn’t know what’s about to happen. All he knows is that the dreams are getting worse. There are too many crows in the sky. And it’s getting cold. Deathly cold. Can strange, white-haired Fyre King help John unravel the mysteries of his past? Or will the savage, bloodthirsty wolves finally descend while the whole world sleeps? There’s a wolf in the woods. And this time, it’s no nightmare . . .show more

Rating details

39 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 5% (2)
4 31% (12)
3 51% (20)
2 13% (5)
1 0% (0)

Our customer reviews

This book was a lovely surprise to me as it was one of those books that you go into thinking it will about one things and it turns out that that really isn't what it's about at all, sometimes this can be a bad thing but in this case it was a really good thing and it's a really intriguing book. The book is set in the good old UK and is about a boy called John Creed, an orphan looked after by his very eccentric grandfather. John lost his parents in a car accident that left him with three horrific scars running down one side of his face. These scars have unfortunately left him wide open to bullies at school and makes John a very tortured character but he is not alone. He befriends a strange girl called Fyre (yes, you read right her name is Fyre, Fyre King.... don't laugh, well go on then as it is a VERY peculiar name), Fyre is an outcast herself as she is an albino. Together they form an unlikely friendship, a friendship that will be tested to the limits as John has been having nightmares about a huge white wolf that is hunting him. Unfortunately for the pair it turns out that this dream is actually a reality and they are about to face a danger that they could never have expected. Is it a mind-blowingly good? It's not the most mind blowing thing I've ever read but that does not mean that it isn't a good book. It's a very hard book to categorise as while it is most definitely a young adult book, it's not quite horror (although there are some very graphic scenes), not quite paranormal (although again it does have elements), not quite a fairy tale re-telling (despite a strong fairy tale theme running through it, it isn't quite that either). It's a mix of several genres which makes it quite a mishmash. Is it interesting? Yes, I found it to be very intriguing to read. Not what I was expected but then again I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting but what I got was wonderful. The subject matter was interesting and grabbed from me from the first couple of chapters through to the bitter end and the progression of the story threads throughout the book was enough to keep me wanting to read more, and more, and more. Is it enjoyable to read? Completely, there were the odd flaws but you can expect that in any book. Overall though the book was very entertaining throughout with the odd graphic horror scene and enough twists and turns to keep everyone happy. Is is well written? I think it was written with a very competent hand. The language was perfect for the YA and teen audience and it was thoughtfully constructed. Reading it as an adult I could easily see that it was probably better suited to a much younger audience than myself but as an adult reader there was nothing to make it any less than a wonderful read for someone of my age. The main characters were likeable and easy to root for with the characters, they had flaws but the flaws made them more human and ultimately even more likeable. John's journey was heartbreaking to read in places, especially during the moment of bullying but as someone who was terribly bullied at school I could feel every inch of his pain as I did my own at the time and I have to say it was pretty spot on, sad to read but an integral part of John's story. Fyre was an odd character and I did find myself doubting her motives towards John at times but during the course of the tale you learn a great deal about Fyre and her background. Both of the revelations about her mother were surprises and very unexpected. The characters we aren't supposed to like were written in such a way that they were easy to dislike, hate even and they deserved every inch of the hatred they managed to garner in the pages. Casper, the bully who ultimately is a bully for a reason, as most bullies are, grows dramatically through the story, especially at the end of the book but I did find his turn quite predictable whereas his father is a different story entirely. 'Tapper' starts off as a normal father, he's a policeman and a single father but during the course of the books he gets more and more disturbing, scarily disturbing by the end of the book and very easy to hate. A very interesting character indeed and the character you leave the book remembering the most because of his actions. Would you recommend it? Yes, I would. It's a fabulous little read, it may not blow your world apart but it doesn't prevent the book from being a more than enjoyable way to wile away a few hours!show more
by Thea Wilson
My copy of this book is one I received in exchange for a review on Netgalley. I need to thank the publishers at Random House Children’s Publisher’s UK, and the author for allowing me access to this book. Snow, White follows a thirteen year old boy who is a little bit odd. The novel opens almost like a crime drama on television, with some poor law enforcement guy getting killed off by a big white wolf, a wolf which you later find out the protagonist, John Creed, has been dreaming about for as long as he can remember. John is a quiet kid, who keeps to himself and is bullied mercilessly due to his stutter. He also is subject to speculation and rumours surrounding the mysterious scars on his face. He is told by his grandfather that the scars came from the car crash he was in as a baby, which killed his parents. But immediately you as the reader know that they are really claw marks. I’m determined to make this a spoiler-free review, so that is all I will say about the actual storyline here. It may surprise you though, this is not a retelling of “Snow White” or even any specific fairytale which comes to mind- rather it contains the elements of fairytales. Throughout this book you also get two other main characters: an albino girl named “Fyre King” (yes, I admit, I laughed.), and the classroom bully who loves to give John a hard time in school, Caspar. As the story develops, their lives are all intertwined. This novel was a bit of an odd one for me. The first half was quiet strong and I enjoyed it, I got attached to the “sub-characters”…but then the second half of the novel came along, all action and explosions and I just lost interest. I can’t even explain why, I just didn’t really care what was going on. I wanted to know how it ended but I didn’t have that attachment to the characters like I first thought I had. I didn’t care who lived or died. It felt quiet sudden and rushed. A lot of new characters were introduced in the second half of the story and you didn’t really get the chance to connect with them before it all kicked off. I actually wondered if this book was meant to be the start of a series because it seemed to be building up to something massive but I couldn’t see it happening within the last 20% of the book. But happen it did, and it fell a bit flat, honestly. I gave this book 3 stars because while I did enjoy it enough to finish it, I did find flaws within it. I can see what the author was trying to do , but I just think it was a bit too rushed at the end and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. I would, however, recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fairytale retellings or fantasy because it does have some good, quite original ideas and of course, you may enjoy it more than I did! For more of my reviews, please visit TheBookHeap at wordpress.show more
by Andrea Thompson
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