When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is given a candy cane by the mysterious shopkeeper, Boznik, who tells her that the candy cane is magic. After her first taste, it seems the whole world becomes more colorful, more delicious, and more dangerous. A quarrel between students on the tram home from school leads Nicole to intervene, beginning a frightening series of events that threaten Nicole. She finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. She finds no help from the magic candy cane, and decides she must return it to the shopkeeper.
The Taste of Snow is a winner of Honorable Mention in the 2011 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season, as well as Honorable Mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival and 2012 London Book Festival.
In addition, Masse wrote A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. This one is for grownups!
Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a composition book. His children’s books are Shadow Stealer (Dillon Press, 1988), Short Circus (Good Harbor Press, 2010), and The Taste of Snow (Good Harbor Press, 2012). Short Circus is winner of the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction. Stephen is also a Books for Children Super Star! He has generously donated 8 hardcover books to my cause for the kids!! Thank you Stephen!!!