Book Review: Turtle Under Ice


Turtle under Ice
by Juleah del Rosario
Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Simon Pulse

Teens & YA
Pub Date 11 Feb 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Turtle Under Ice through Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and Netgalley:

In this book a teen navigates between grief, identity, and guilt in the wake of her sisters mysterious disappearance in this breathtaking novel told in verse.

Rowena feels as if her family is a frayed string of lights that someone needs to fix with electrical tape. She and her sister Arianna drifted into their own corners of the world, each figuring out in their own separate ways how to exist in a world in which their mother is no longer alive.

Arianna disappears in the cover of the night, in the middle of a snowstorm leaving not a trace, or a track. Row wakes up the following morning to a world of snow and her Father’s empty bedroom and her sisters empty bedroom, she must piece together where Arianna went and why she left, while coming to realize that she may be part of the reason Arianna is gone.

Turtle Under Ice is a powerful novel, dealing with loss, grief, discovering one’s self, and is powerfully told in dual perspectives.

I give Turtle Under Ice five out of five stars!

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