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Boy in the Snow

Rowan Garth

In the year of the toughest winter the High Peak has experienced for decades, ten-year-old William Kirk decides to embark on a journey in pursuit of the magnificent bird that has haunted his dreams - the red emperor. Careless for his own safety, the boy is determined to do the impossible and catch the rare and brilliant bird. But when the journey leads farther than William has ever traversed, he is faced with a choice: give up the chase and admit defeat, or risk death at the hands of the harsh elements for the sake of catching the red emperor.

Boy in the Snow is a story about a young boy's survival in an unforgiving England winter against an unlikely adversary, to whom he feels he must prove himself worthy at all costs. With the entire village on his trail, William must survive on his own in the wild while his curiosity pushes him deeper into unknown territory - all for the pursuit of this fantastic bird.

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Rowan Garth writes fiction primarily for young people, but this story also powerfully attracts older readers with its real-world accounts of the village, its people and their surroundings in that fearfully treacherous winter. The story was delivered to Garth as an impossibly realistic dream, based in the village where he and his family lived. It relates to Garth's interests in the sustainability of the economics of the real world. It delivers Garth's message that the true reward for any individual in their fleeting lifetime, is only earned by trying hard, by seeking truth and by being generous with others, including, most important of all, the future generations who will inherit the earth.