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Season of Water and Ice Donald Lystra

Season of Water and Ice

Donald Lystra

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Winner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award and named a Michigan Notable Book for 2010 by the Library of Michigan, Season of Water and Ice is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. Danny DeWitt,MoreWinner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award and named a Michigan Notable Book for 2010 by the Library of Michigan, Season of Water and Ice is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. Danny DeWitt, aged fourteen, lives with his father in a rural area of northern Michigan following the familys abrupt move from the city and the unexplained departure of his mother. Bookish and friendless, Danny becomes acquainted with Amber Dwyer, a pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend and rejected by her family and community. Both outsiders - one by choice, the other because of social stigma - Danny and Amber form an unusual, openhearted alliance which helps each to deal with their separate challenge. Amber must build a life for herself in the face of intolerance, and Danny must come to terms with his mothers rejection and his fathers growing isolation. The friendship is tested when Ambers abusive boyfriend returns and Dannys mother draws further away, leading to a crisis which threatens Amber and her unborn child, as well as Dannys conception of love and manhood. Reflecting the political and social climate of the 1950s, Season of Water and Ice explores the enduring issues of love and family, the destructive forces to which these ideals are exposed, and the healing powers which can restore them. This realistic work will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.