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The Taste of Snow by Stephen V. Masse


* 2016 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention 

*Winner of Honorable Mention, 2015 Holiday Book Festival

*Winner of Honorable Mention, 2015 Amsterdam Book Festival

*Winner of Honorable Mention, 2013 Paris Book Festival

*Winner of Honorable Mention, 2012 London Book Festival

* Winner of Honorable Mention, 2012 New York Book Festival.

* Winner of Honorable Mention, 2011 New England Book Festival, 

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  "The magic will be revealed."


When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is ready for the taste of snow. Everything is beginning to show signs of holiday festivities, from the decorated shops in Innsbruck to the scent of cinnamon in the air. At the market stall on her way to school, Nicole gets a candy cane from Boznik, the shopkeeper. He tells her, "This, my dear girl, is a magic candy cane."

From that day extraordinary things begin to happen.

Some good.

Some bad. Extraordinarily bad.

Nicole finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. Her hopes of having a magical Christmas take her on a journey beyond where any ordinary girl would choose to go.



Meet the real-life Nicole and Ashley, who inspired this story at their family's Christmas party.


Kirkus Review

". . . The story’s setting, a small village in the Alpine region of Austria, lends itself fabulously to this story in terms of sensory atmosphere and culture. Masse deftly describes the winter chill and the sights and smells of the holiday, while also weaving inspiring tales that demonstrate a deep appreciation for the triumph of the human spirit in a region where people have suffered hardships in the past century."


Don't forget your summer reading!

Short Circus by Stephen V. Masse


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Short Circus is twelve-year-old Jem Lockwood's own story about his remarkable summer adventures with his Big Brother Jesse Standish and a host of neighbors and friends, plus a mysterious enemy who keeps sabotaging the swimming pond.


"Jesse first became my Big Brother last November. My mother thought I was getting too tough, only she said restless, and she kept calling the Big Brother Association to find out if they had somebody for me. Every time I got hurt or got in bad trouble, she would call them. She called three times the day after I smashed up my old bicycle when my friends and I were having a crashing derby."

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".  .  . meaningful, lighthearted, and endearing for both adults and children

alike. It's offbeat and wonderfully campy, and it will stay with you long after

the circus has rolled up its tents and left the grounds."

-- Eric Jones for$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.18837





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* Winner of the Silver Medal, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards for

 Best Regional Fiction, U. S. Northeast


* Winner of Honorable Mention, 2008 New England Book Festival, 

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"What's so special about Stephen V. Masse's A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW is its immediate presence, its deceptive simplicity, and the compelling aliveness of its characters. It begins in the snows of a Boston suburb, and like a car accident it brings two unfamiliar persons together in a relationship that neither one could anticipate."

-- Reader Review,


"Compelling, memorable, and certainly unusual. The characters are in charge of this sleigh ride, and it's refreshing to see that they're driving through Boston without a map. Highly recommended."

- Michael Kent, author of The Big Jiggety


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