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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Katy, her sisters Lacey and Charlotte, and friend Sharron love to ice skate. When their mother takes them to Griffin Pond to skate, the girls encounter five older boys who are up to no good. One of the boys grabs Katy inappropriately. The girls escape but what that particular boy did doesn’t leave their minds. When they tell their mother, they learn that what happened is called sexual harassment and it’s very much against the law. As the four try to wrap their minds around what happened, they try to keep busy by building what they hope will eventually become a beautiful snow castle. With the help of two new friends who just moved in down the block, their project gets off to a good start and begins to get attention. People are coming to see their snow castle and the photos go viral. The girls think it’s cool until that same group of boys finds out where they live and come to their house, ready to get even for Katy getting away from them days earlier.
For a children’s book, Snow Girls - Ice Castles by Irene Petrucci was pretty deep but I feel necessary and it is something that should be discussed. I like how Irene Petrucci tackles subjects and issues that you normally wouldn’t find in kids' books. This particular book touched on sexual harassment and what you should do in the event that the reader finds themselves in a similar situation. It also touched on other problems that a young reader would find necessary to learn such as being honest and not being prejudiced or racist. I think the author handled these tough subjects really well and in a way that will get through to a young reader.