Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, with no one to talk to but Periwinkle the pigeon.
Her days are filled with floor-sweeping, bed-making and soup-stirring.
Her nights are filled with dreams of her mother, who vanished long ago.
Nothing incredible has ever happened to Lettie, until one winter's night.
The night the Snow Merchant comes. He claims to be an alchemist - the greatest that ever lived - and in a mahogany suitcase, he carries his newest invention.
It is an invention that will change Lettie's life - and the world - forever.
It is an invention called snow. "The Snow Merchant" is a fantasy filled with family secrets, magical transformations and wild adventure.
Join Lettie on her journey to uncover the true meaning of snow, family and friendship.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, ill
- Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/10/2011
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9781849393713
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Review by Shimmin
When a mysterious alchemist visits her boarding-house, Lettie finds herself pulled from a rather dispiriting existence into adventure and danger in the search for some answers about her mysterious life. A fun little fantastical tale, with some lovely imaginative touches of whimsy. Children's books seem more willing to let wonder into their worlds without concerning themselves about systematic worldbuilding or explaining things. I enjoyed reading it, and finding out what was going on and how they'd get themselves out of the next mess. Nothing too dark or grim, but plenty of ups and downs.I did feel that it slightly petered out towards the end, with things sort of settling down rather than completely resolving themselves, so it wasn't quite as satisfying as I'd have liked. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable read.