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The Snow Spider (The Snow Spider) Paperback – 14 Dec 1990


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth; 1st New edition edition (14 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074970831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749708313
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Nimmo lives in a converted watermill in Wales. Her husband, David, is a painter and print-maker, and all three of her children speak Welsh fluently. She finds Wales, a land of legends, a very inspiring place to live.

For as long as she can remember, Jenny has loved books. At boarding school, reading was her way to overcome loneliness or boredom. However, she is aware that not everyone finds reading comes easily, and feels passionately that every child should have all the help they need, and access to as many books as they want.

In 1986 her book, The Snow Spider, won the Smarties Grand Prix, and in 1987 it was awarded the Tir na n-Og by the Welsh Arts Council. She wrote the sequels, Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier, because she was unable to let go of the characters in The Snow Spider, and needed to find out what would become of them. She enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. The Rinaldi Ring, was chosen as Guardian Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a commendation.

Jenny's latest books are part of the very successful Children of The Red King series. There are already seven books to enjoy, Midnight For Charlie Bone, The Time Twister (winner of Askew's Spotlight Award) The Blue Boa, The Castle of Mirrors, The Hidden King and The Wilderness Wolf, Charlie Bone and The Shadow of Badlock. The series will conclude in autumn 2009 with the eighth book.

Find out more about Charlie Bone at www.charlie-bone.com


Titles published by Egmont by Jenny Nimmo:

The Strongest Girl In The World
Hot Dog, Cool Cat
Ill Will, Well Nell

Delilah and the Dogspell
Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs
Delilah Alone
Seth and the Strangers

Tatty Apple
Ultramarine
The Snow Spider
The Chestnut Soldier
Emlyn's Moon
The Bronze Trumpeter
Griffin's Castle

Milo's Wolves
The Rinaldi Ring

Telling Tales Series
Jenny Nimmo by Wendy Cooling

The Children of the Red King Series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
The Time Twister
The Blue Boa
The Castle of Mirrors
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf
Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (Sept 08)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2001
Format: Paperback
The "Snow Spider" is a magical and mystical adventure and one of the most exciting books i have read. The main character is a boy called Gwyn,who lives by a snowy mountain in Wales. Gwyn is an extremely gifted boy because he is a magician. He feels dreadful, as his sister Bethan died a few years ago ans his Father blames him for her death. On his eigth birthday, his mysterious Grandmother gives him five strange gifts. The first gift is a brightly coloured yellow scarf that belonged to his sister Bethan. The next gift is a dark black broken horse with demonic eyes. The third gift is a silver broach that turns into the"sparkling Snow Spider". The fourth gift is a piece of stringy seaweed that turns into a magnificent and gigantic ship. Last but not least, there is the tin whistle that turns into a wooden pipe.
My favourite character is Arianwen, because she spins such beautiful, sparkling frosty cold webs. Its unbelievable how She is so pretty, shimmering with that magical charm. It's also amazing how she manages to survive in the water tank.
My favourite chapter in the book would have to be "The Broken Horse". In that action packed chapter the evil spirit comes out the horse , wrecking and destroying the town in the process.The Devilish Monster creates a massive storm.
The "Snow Spider" leaves you wondering what will happen next but you will have to read the next exciting volume to find out. I think the book is exciting, full of wonderful imagery and a fantastic adventure full of fabulous descriptive words.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2003
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I first read this book when i was very young and absolutely loved, though it terrified me. This is the first book in the trilogy, it introduces Gwyn and his unusual family as he begins to explore the gift his Nain believes he posesses to discover who he is and what really happened the night his sister Bethan disappeared. The snow spider is full of suspense, magic and intriege, i really can not recommend it high enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Smurthwaite on 2 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
Sometimes, when you revisit a book you read and loved as a child, you find it a disappointment; you become completely disenchanted when it doesn't live up to your memories. Twenty years ago, I read the first book in The Snow Spider trilogy and was completely captivated by everything on the pages.

Nothing has changed.

This was every bit as wonderful as I remembered it being - the story of a young boy who discovers what it means to be a little different, a little removed, and has to suffer the consequences when he does things wrong, is still as thrilling and magical as it was when I read it as a ten-year-old. It barely dates at all - in fact, apart from a brief mention of records being played rather than CDs is the only thing that betrays the fact this wasn't written yesterday.

The Snow Spider is one of those rare books that will surely stand as a modern children's classic and still be loved by children in generations to come. If you haven't read it yourself, find yourself a small child to read to and immerse yourself, or hide in a corner and read to yourself. Whatever you do, just read it - you won't regret it or forget it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Bennett on 12 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I ever read on my own. Before this book I never read and thought it was boring. Now I am an avid reader who is never without a book (and gets a little twichy without one). This book and the two following it were possible the best childrens fiction written at the time, as I am now 26 I don't really know what childrens fiction is like now, but I would like to think that Jenny Nimmo still can't be beaten. The Snow Spider made the Mabinogion accessable and alot more relevent than other versions. If you are not Welsh then this book hopefully will open up the mystery and magic of our amazing country, and it's amazing history. Please Parents let your children read this book. It gave so much to me and I think it will continue giving to new generations. If you are a kid looking to read this book, I highly recomned it. You will not be able to put it down; I couldn't, and now I adour reading. Give it a go!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "beaniebbz" on 9 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
i first remembering hearing my yr 4 teacher ( i must have been 9 at the time) asking if we wanted 2 read the snow spider and from the first page i was totally enthralled unfortunatly we stopped reading it to read harry potter and the chamber of secrets.
A couple of years later (i think it was 4 yrs) i came across the trilogy here on amazon and asked my dad to order it straight away because it had been 4 years when we last read this book and i still didnt know why bethan was missing.
If you like magic and mystery i would seriously recommend this book it takes you to a magical world of snow and ice a bit like narnia i would say
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is not difficult to read, but is full of magic! It involves a boy named Gwyn, who lives by a snowy mountain in Wales. He isn't happy, for his sister died a few years before, and his father blames him for her death. Then on his birthday, his grandmother gives him five strange gifts. He lets the wind take them from him, and in return is given the snow spider, Arianwen, and he also discovers the reason why his grandmother calls him Gwydion Gwyn...
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