Fiction for Young Readers

by Laramie Sasseville

The Winter Knife
a dark fantasy for young readers

The Winter Knife cover art

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Death stalks a snowbound city from below

Feral dogs are blamed when a popular teen is killed. Is it just coincidence that he disappeared after infuriating 14-year-old Haley, who is torn between her anger and her desire to belong? More attacks implicate a creature of Northwoods myth she befriended in its summer form. As the DNR leads a cougar hunt in town, Haley makes a desperate plan to steal a car and use their empathic bond to lead the creature away from the city -- driving alone into the fangs of a blizzard that makes roads hazardous even for experienced drivers. If she fails, either her monster or more members of her community will die.

Right click to download these free coloring-activity pages related to the story in The Winter Knife.
Logger Lore mentions the Wasset, and other strange creatures as well, thought to inhabit the woodlands of the Upper Midwest during the heyday of the logging industry.
Creatures of Northwoods Logger Lore

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