The village of Pinrut has been covered in freezing snow for years. Which is terrible for the Breeze family, who have been fancy fanmakers for centuries. In fact, the Breezes have fallen so in debt, local tyrant Bartholomew Tullock is threatening to take their home?and enslave them in the turnip fields!
Now 13-year-old Rufus must defend their house from greedy Tullock while his sister, Madeline, and their father set off to sell their fans where it?s warmer. Both plights turn perilous, uncovering secrets that could put a freeze on Tullock?s tyranny forever. But if they fail, the Breezes can kiss their freedom goodbye for good.
With infectious writing and unforgettable characters, here is a folksy, funny and fantastic story by an extraordinary new talent.
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Alex Williams lives in Cornwall, England.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4–6—Young Madeline and Rufus Breeze have never known anything but snow, although their parents, Philip and Elizabeth, insist that long ago, the town of Pinrut was so warm that the family's astounding fans kept generations of townspeople cool. However, the sun hasn't come out for years and only wicked Bartholomew Tullock is prospering, while most of the townsfolk slave away in his turnip fields. Now very poor, the Breezes are selling their possessions to pay off a debt to him. While Madeline and her father journey with a salesman to a desert town in a desperate effort to market their fans, Elizabeth and Rufus stay behind and are menaced by Bartholomew. After many perilous adventures, the Breezes discover that a secret machine has been causing the climatic extremes; the kids dismantle it and normal weather returns to the land. Although the premise is mildly interesting, many unanswered questions remain. Why don't the townspeople pack up and leave? If Philip Breeze is so poor, where does he get all the material to keep making his amazing fans? And especially, why doesn't he just start building amazing heaters or snow shovels instead? Extraneous characters, unbelievable circumstances, ridiculously easy escapes from life-threatening situations, and stilted dialogue all add up to a mediocre fantasy.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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