A competitive athlete, down-to-earth and downright snarky, fourteen-year-old Anna is the girl least likely to lose herself in a fairy tale. She has just moved to New York with her mother and stepfather, and she hates everything about her new life. After another argument with her mother, she defiantly sneaks out to ski in Riverside Park.
Much to her surprise she meets another cross-country skier, a cute—if odd—boy about her own age. Against her better judgment, she follows him into a snow-covered magical Otherworld inhabited by the monstrous Wyssun and the Skiers who hunt them. Mistaken for a boy, Anna is accepted by the peculiar Skiers as one of their own, and becomes trapped in the Wyssun’ World.
Run by elves—and not the Keebler kind—it’s a confusing and dangerous place. Anna must get back home before the fairy tale turns into a nightmare. She has to unlock secret doors, make new friends, negotiate glaciers and battle tunnel-dwelling beasts, all the while trying to win the affection of the oblivious boy she likes and fend off the advances of a mysterious sorcerer she hates.
As Anna struggles against the monstrous world, she fights the inner monsters as well. Before she discovers the truth about love, she has to learn the value of loss, only then can she find the way home.
About the Book
It started as a humorous fairy tell, an in-joke between two cross-country skiers in training. Over the years this tale has mutated into a monster in its own right, PRINT IN THE SNOW, which won the Gold medal in the Juvenile Fiction E-Book category of Independent Publishers Book Awards.
The heroine’s adventures are a Jungian journey into the archetypal otherworld. Each of the nine chapters is illustrated with lush watercolors reflecting the colors in the rainbow framed with black and white. The original illustrations are by a Russian cult artist Marina Botyleva.