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Snow Girls - Ice Castles: In the Darkness of Midnight, It Glows by the Firelight by Irene Petrucci follows the fun adventures of three sisters and their friends. Charlotte, Lacey, Katy and their friend Sharron are happily skating on a pond in the woods. The scene is magical as the sky is bright. The warmth of the sun drives away the cold of winter. Its beautiful rays hit the pond, producing a lovely glow. The sisters’ mother has accompanied them but has to leave briefly for an important delivery. The girls continue skating blissfully. Suddenly someone violently grasps Katy’s shoulder from behind, causing her to stop skating. The incidence remains etched in Katy's and the other girls’ minds for a long time. As they embark on a new project and make new friends, trouble still lies ahead.
In Snow Girls - Ice Castles by Irene Petrucci, backgrounds that set the stage for the scenes in the work are vividly described. The beautiful sun and the tranquil setting create a sharp contrast to what is about to follow, which creates an element of surprise in the story. Friendship is a major theme that appears in the work. The sisters and their friends care about each other and help each other when any of them requires assistance. After Katy’s incident, Sharron constantly supports and reassures her. They all stand together in case of any attacks. The story, which is written for a young audience, keeps the girls as the main focus of the plot accordingly. Where adults appear, they serve as supporting characters. Other shorter stories are interspersed with the main plot which makes the work even more absorbing. Snow Girls - Ice Castles is a captivating story that explores crucial themes.