‘Frozen’ author to speak at library

Mary Casanova will speak about her new book, “Frozen,” Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Centennial Library and 2 p.m. at Rum River Library.

Mary Casanova

Mary Casanova

The book is about 16-year-old Sadie Rose who hasn’t said a word in 11 years — ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm.

Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

Set during the 1920s on Rainy Lake, where Minnesota meets Canada, “Frozen” tells the story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snow bank.

Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

“Although this is a work of fiction, it’s a detailed look at the issues of the day, wrapped in a stirring mystery,” said Anoka County Commissioner Carol LeDoux.

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is set in a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption and a fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota.

“This is an opportunity for teens and readers of teen literature to meet one of Minnesota’s finest,” said Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle.

“Come to hear more about the creation of her inspiring novel, ‘Frozen’.”

Copies of “Frozen” will be available for purchase and signing.

Casanova is the author of 30 books, ranging from the picture book “One-Dog Canoe” to the historical fiction novel “The Klipfish Code.”

Her awards include an American Library Association “Notable,” Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and two Minnesota Book Awards.

For more information check the library’s website at www.anokacountylibrary.org. The program is free and open to the public.

This program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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