The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton
Andersen Press ISBN 9781849393348
Lettie lives in a house on stilts with only her bird Periwinkle for company. Her father spends most of his time away from the house and her mother vanished long ago. One winter's night the Snow Merchant arrives announcing himself as the greatest alchemist ever and claiming to be the inventor of something that no-one else yet knows about - snow. Lettie's dreams are full of the memory of her mother so when the Snow Merchant mentions her, Lettie is overcome with a desire to find her again. At this point her life changes for ever. This is an amazing book in which original and imaginative ideas burst from the pages. It is hugely entertaining - a real page-turner.