Ice-out by Mary CasanovaIce-out by Mary Casanova


byMary Casanova

Hardcover | September 1, 2016

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Walking on thin ice: on Rainy Lake, in the northern reaches of Minnesota, it’s more than a saying. And for Owen Jensen, nineteen and suddenly responsible for keeping his mother and five brothers alive, the ice is thin indeed.

Ice-Out returns to the frigid and often brutal Prohibition-era borderland of Mary Casanova’s beloved novel Frozen, and to the characters who made it a favorite among readers of all ages. Owen, smitten with Frozen’s Sadie Rose, is struggling to make something of himself at a time when no one seems to hold the moral high ground. Bootlegging is rife, corruption is rampant, and lumber barons run roughshod over the people and the land. As hard as things seem when his father dies, stranding his impoverished family, they get considerably tougher—and more complicated—when Owen gets caught up in the suspicious deaths of a sheriff and deputy on the border.

Inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota, and by Mary Casanova’s own family history, Ice-Out is at once a story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong in early twentieth-century America.

Mary Casanova is author of more than thirty books for young readers, ranging from picture books, such as Utterly Otterly Night and Wake Up, Island (Minnesota, 2016), to novels, such as Moose Tracks (Minnesota, 2013) and Frozen (Minnesota, 2012). Her books are on many state reading lists and have earned the American Library Association ...
Title:Ice-outFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816694176

ISBN - 13:9780816694174


Table of Contents


Part I. Deep Winter

Part II. Slow Thaw

Part III. Dreams of Summer

Author’s Note

For Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

"A unique look at a familiar period in history. "—Kirkus Reviews"Mary Casanova has a sure touch when she describes the laconic exchanges between neighbors, the skin-burning cold of a Minnesota winter or the deadly consequences of misjudging an icy road."—Star Tribune"This novel has a perfect sense of place; readers can feel the cold, understand the fear of booze-runners who drive across dangerously thin ice. They can sympathize with Owen’s need to become an important man in a small town not far from Canada. His struggle with right and wrong will ring true to any teen."—Pioneer Press"The combination of period detail and relatable characters makes this book appealing to teens with an interest in the Prohibition era."—VOYA"Both a thought-provoking narrative and a fast-paced adventure await readers in this novel."—Cook County News Herald