The Winterkeeper


Young Adult - Coming of Age
314 Pages
Reviewed on 06/13/2019
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Author Biography

Now retired and focused ONLY on writing, I split my time between Wisconsin and Florida. I have a special affection for all our beautiful national parks, but when I read a story about a 'winterkeeper' in Yellowstone, the seed was planted. Having been raised in the hills of Appalachia in a town (like Millie's Gardiner MT) that is often not even a dot on the map, I went from being that small town country kid to being a big city adult — loving the noise and chaos and diversity of city life. But that small town girl is alive and well and has a tendency to show up in one character or another in my stories.

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Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

Desperate to escape the clutches of her abusive stepfather, fourteen-year-old Millie Chase sets out to find her deceased mother’s best friend in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Millie doesn’t know where Ginny Baker lives in the park and it’s winter, but she has no choice. After holing up in a deserted hotel, Millie becomes ill and eventually gives herself up to the Winterkeeper – the man who takes care of the park’s buildings during the winter. Luckily for Millie, the Winterkeeper just happens to be Ginny’s husband, Nate Baker. Nate is faced with a difficult decision. Should he tell the police that he’s found Millie? And if he does, will her stepfather punish her? Nate and Ginny are the only people Millie can trust, but do they really know what Millie’s stepfather is capable of? The Winterkeeper by Anna Schmidt takes a look at the dangerous world children live in when the very people who should protect them turn against them.

Anna Schmidt has written a suspenseful young adult novel that will lead you on an exciting, but intriguing ride. I absolutely loved this novel. I am a fan of YA and especially coming-of-age stories, and this book is not one I'll forget any time soon. The writing style is conversational, the tone dramatic and the characters are not only relatable but also endearing – just the right combination for a young adult novel. There is nothing I didn’t enjoy in this touching novel with its strong sense of place and tough, yet endearing main character. A wonderfully good read and exceptionally well-edited too. Both adults and young adults who enjoy stories of nature and a darn good mystery will find The Winterkeeper a book that they cannot put down.