Hannah’s Winter

Hannah's WinterBecause of manga and anime, youth interest in Japan is rising.  Hannah‘s Winter is one of the few contemporary novels set in Japan.  In this middle-grade ghost-mystery, an Australian girl named Hannah, fluent in Japanese, spends a winter with the eccentric Japanese family of her new friend Miki.  Together they find an ancient message and are drawn into solving a mysterious riddle to help a boy from a past age. A useful author’s note serves to help the reader distinguish between which locations, historical references, and so forth are fact and which are fiction.  This novel is a compelling combination of fact, fantasy, and humor filled with intriguing characters, exotic locations, and strange events. ew
Title: Hannah’s Winter
Author: Kieran Meehan
: Kane Miller Book Publishers
: 2009
Original language
: English
Original publisher
: Penguin, Australia
Original copyright
: 2001
: 978-1-93305-98-2
Hardcover pages
: 212
Age range
: 10 and up
: Mystery/Fantasy
Book setting
: Japan
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
: 2010 IBBY Outstanding International Books List
: Eastern Asia, Family, Ghosts, Japan, Supernatural

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