Grainne’s birth mother is coming to visit from America – a mum she has never seen before. As Grainne nervously waits for her arrival, her step-mother and two half-brothers decide to take a break. They are off to Finland for an adventure holiday, riding dog-sleds at a remote lodge. But when their mum is lost in the snowy wastes, the stage is set for a novel in two voices: a frantic story of seeking and finding which shrieks with nail-biting tension. A tale of snow and ice, and of courage and survival, this gripping story from world-class author Roddy Doyle will take your breath away.

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    Roddy Doyle

    Roddy Doyle is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels: including A Star Called Henry, The Commitments and The Van. This is his third book for children published by Scholastic.


    Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize for his adult novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha in 1993.

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