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The White Darkness My favorite genre of late is that of young adult, partly because I have always found YA books to be both entertaining and comforting, and partly because I have two small children and subsequently little brain space left to process big words and long sentences. These days I judge books by their cover, give the blurb a quick skim, and grab the book off the shelf as I chase my toddler into the AARP tax class in the story-time room. That's how I discovered The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean. I highly recommend not reading a plot summary, as it might dilute the power of the slow and surprising unfolding of absolutely everything. Let me just say, a la Lemony Snicket, that this book contains great amounts of adventure, deceit, snow, seemingly insurmountable odds, travel to strange and unreal terrain, very few people who are who they seem to be, a creepy uncle, and a 14-year-old female heroine. Couldn't. Put. It. Down.