Troubador Red Snow

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788039383

eISBN: 9781788031189

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Twelve-year-old Megan thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother’s death, but she was wrong. Confronted by a web of deceit and lies from her family and ignored by her schoolmates, she befriends her new neighbour, Ryan. But Ryan is hiding a dangerous secret in the nearby woods. He has found some blood on the snow next to an old watchtower and Megan is drawn into a situation that she would rather avoid.

When the two friends are saved from danger by an intriguing woman called Irene, Megan begins to realise Irene has information that could shed light on the mysterious events surrounding her mother’s death. Meanwhile, Megan’s father sinks deeper into depression and forbids her from reaching out to Irene again.

As the mystery deepens, a failed burglary and the discovery of an intruder in Ryan’s garden reveal the truth about the past. A final unexpected twist brings some comfort and happiness to Megan’s tragic life as the book reaches a hopeful conclusion.

Taking readers on an emotional and gripping journey, Red Snow deals with serious contemporary issues including depression and post-traumatic stress as Megan battles against her father’s illness to unravel the truth about her mother’s death. Comparable to Suzanne LaFleur’s Love Aubrey and David Yelland’s The Truth About Leo, Larraine’s debut book will appeal to readers aged 9-11 years who enjoy mysteries, as well as to charities and organisations raising awareness about mental health.

Larraine's website contains free resources for teachers and will soon include ideas on how to use Red Snow as a class text to develop literacy.

In January 2018, she worked with 8 classes of pupils in Crofton Junior school Wakefield Yorkshire, to introduce them to her book Red Snow. The children had not read the book before, so she read them the first few pages and summarised the rest of the first chapter. Then she used drama strategies to work with them to make up an extra scene, which she later wrote up for them. For the scene and description of the strategies- see the section on Drama and reading for meaning on her website larrainesharrison.com

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This short and emotional novel is mysterious children's fiction. This is the story of 12-year-old Megan who is a motherless child living with her depressed father. Her mother died accidentally on Megan's seventh birthday. Because her father does not allow questions about her mother's life and demise, Megan will stop at nothing to find out as much as she can. With the help of Ryan, the boy next door, they are on a quest to solve the mystery of her mother's death. From an adult point-of-view, I think pre-teen and teenage children will gain much from this novel. The solitude felt by Megan is felt by many children these days and the author's insight into childhood problems will make the reader feel understood and less alone. There is much to be enjoyed here.

by Carole Fortier


I am reviewing this book for Larraine Susan Harrison, Troubador Publishing, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.

Megan is running the household and ‘caring’ for her father since her mother died when she was young. She doesn’t know how she died and wants to discover why but her father has closed up. Together with the teen who has moved next door they try to seek the truth.
I like how depression and loneliness are featuring in more books as they are central to a lot of young lives.
I’m going to have to read it again as I am still not sure if Megan actually discovers what happens to her mum. Did I zone out when reading it, I don’t think so. I have briefly looked through some other reviews and have noticed similar responses.
Overall a good read for young people which touches on some topical issues and another author to add to my ever growing list of authors to watch / read

by Denise Cross


5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down! I loved the main character, Megan, and felt like I was in her shoes and was experiencing the story along with her. It was so intriguing and exciting and was a wonderful book. I can’t wait for the next one to come out!!!

by Martha, age 10


4 stars

I bought this book as a Christmas present for my niece, then started reading the beginning and could not put it down.
The difficult issues of bereavement and loss, as well as mental health, are dealt with sensitively but realistically and many children will relate to the problems of growing up that are addressed here.
This is a story that promotes an awareness of others' feelings and problems and is well written.
I am sure that my niece will enjoy it - I just hope she doesn't realise that she is not the first one to have read her copy!

by Amazon customer


5 stars

Megan's mother died when she was little. Red Snow is her journey to find the truth about what happened on that day. Along the way she reconnects with people from her past and makes new friends. She struggles through people not wanting to tell her anything, a dad consumed by grief, suspicious characters and long kept secrets. This is an amazing story. It is very easy to read and connect with the characters. I love the way the author ended the book.

by Goodreads Review


Megan's mother died when she was little. Red Snow is her journey to find the truth about what happened on that day. Along the way she reconnects with people from her past and makes new friends. She struggles through people not wanting to tell her anything, a dad consumed by grief, suspicious characters and long kept secrets. This is an amazing story. It is very easy to read and connect with the characters. I love the way the author ended the book.

by Felicia Allen


It's a bonny little book, written with sensitivity. Megan is twelve. She's as bright as a button, but she feels a bit lonely. She finds it difficult to talk to boys and the girls in her class tease her because she is short and has a mop of curly red hair. Megan was just seven when her mother was killed in a car crash. Since that time she has tried to help her dad, who struggles to come to terms with what happened. Megan feels that she has got to the age where she needs to know some truth about her past and what really happened on the day of the crash. She feels surrounded by secrets and half forgotten memories and none of the adults she knows want to explain anything to her. One night Megan follows a boy who lives next door into the woods. She admits to herself it's probably not the most sensible thing to do. The woods are full of scary noises. Megan sees something that sets off an whole train of events that lead to her uncovering what she wants to know about her own past. Red Snow is a book about how we make friends and learning to trust others as well as our own instincts. It's about how sometimes adults don't always know the answers to straightforward questions and how if we look and listen carefully we can make sense of things however complicated or hard they are. It's a book with a clear message and it will appeal to any young person preparing for "big" school.

by Ian Clayton


Larraine Susan Harrison

Red Snow is the first children's novel written by Larraine Harrison, after retiring from a career in education. Larraine trained as a teacher in 1969 and went on to become a consultant in drama in education and an English adviser for Barnsley in Yorkshire. Larraine has written several books for teachers but this is her first attempt at a novel. The novel will be used as a classroom resource by a group of schools in a local multi academy trust. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and has 2 grown up children and 2 grand children. When she is not writing she plays the saxophone as a hobby.

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