Book Review: Daughter of Winter by: Pat Lowery Collins


Candlewick Press

Publish Date:
October 12, 2010

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It's 1849, and twelve-year-old Addie lives in the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts. Her father has left the family to seek gold on the West Coast, and tragically the flux has taken the lives of her mother and baby brother, leaving Addie all alone. Fearful of being taken in as a servant, Addie flees from her house into the snowy woods, where she endures hunger and bitter cold until Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman, coaxes Addie to her dwelling.

Now living under the care of the mercurial old woman, Addie slowly recognizes the truth of her past. Through an intense ancient ceremony and by force of her own wits and will, Addie must come to grips with the facts of her newfound identity - and find the courage to build a future unlike any she could ever have imagined.

Review: We find Addie all alone, her father gone to find gold out West and her mother and baby brother dead of the flux (dysentery). She's trying to keep it a secret so she doesn't have to become some family's servant. She runs off on her own and meets up with Nokummus, a Native American woman, who knows Addie better than she knows herself.

This is good historical-esque fiction about a girl's coming of age. Addie's got to go within and discover her own truth. Not what others think she should be or what society says a girl should be, but her innermost self. This was a very interesting, enjoyable, and thought-provoking book.


  1. This sounds like a very different and interesting book! I'm very curious as to what the woman knows about her that she doesn't. Thanks for the review!

  2. Thanks for the thoughtful review. I really appreciate it.

    Pat Lowery Collins


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