Phantoms in the Snow

Phantoms in the Snow

by Kathleen Benner Duble

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Overview

In this gripping journey, a fifteen-year-old pacifist must decide what he believes as he faces the reality of World War II. The year is 1944, and fifteen-year-old Noah Garrett's parents have died from smallpox. Without any other family nearby, Noah is sent to live with his uncle, whom he has never met, in Camp Hale, Colorado. There is one small problem with this decision: Noah has been raised a pacifist, and Camp Hale is a U.S. military base for a little-known division of winter warfare soldiers called Phantoms. Can a boy who's never seen snow and doesn't believe in war survive among these soldiers? Noah's struggle to resolve his upbringing with the horrors of World War II into a way of life he can believe in takes him on an incredible and riveting journey from the training camp to the frontlines of battle. Based on historical events, the story of Noah and the Phantoms of the Tenth Mountain Division is one of courage and conviction, brotherhood, and the joy in living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545332514
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Benner Duble is a critically acclaimed and award-winning author of many historical novels for children. Her books include THE SACRIFICE, BRAVE ZULU, SAMANTHA!, HEARTS OF IRON, and QUEST. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their two daughters.

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Phantoms In The Snow 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Texas is home to Noah Garrett. He's fifteen years old and used to living among the tall grass and the heat. When his parents suddenly die of smallpox, he finds himself in the temporary care of the local minister. After arrangements are made, Noah boards a train and heads for the mountains of Colorado. Noah's uncle has offered to take the boy in, but Shelly James's home is not exactly what Noah expects. Officer James, aka Uncle Shelly, lives at Camp Hale, a military base high in the Rocky Mountains. Noah is about to begin living the life of a Phantom. He's never even heard of these skiing soldiers, but he's about to learn the hard way. Noah quickly regrets his little white lie that leads his uncle and the camp's commanding officer to believe he is already sixteen. That's the legal age allowing boys to enlist, so it is assumed that Noah is agreeable to becoming a Phantom. His training begins. He has never seen a snow ski in his entire life. Now, he is told to bundle up, strap the awkward boards on his feet, and hit the slopes. After one day of training, he drops into his bunk like a rock. Even though he is used to hard work on the farm, every part of him aches. When he overhears his uncle and the general talking, he realizes the torture has just begun. Despite being raised a pacifist, Noah soon becomes part of this group of soldiers. He learns to ski quickly and excels at climbing and rappelling, as well. He also finds himself becoming attached to the gruff, unemotional man that is his uncle. For Noah, the all too real possibility of fighting Germans in Europe remains in the distant future. PHANTOMS IN THE SNOW is an excellent novel about a little known group of soldiers in World War II. Duble deftly relates the story of these fighting men and how Noah becomes one of them. This book has wide appeal, but is sure to be successful with those interested in war stories or historical fiction. I already know who I'm going to offer it to first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phantoms In The Snow is great for kids 9-anything. Not for kids that are sensitive when a tradegy happens. This book is about Noah Garret, a 15-16 year old boy who lost his whole family besides his military uncle, James Shelly. Noah's parents didn't believe in war but he has to decide to go to war with his uncle or go back to Texas and live with a local precher. In the training camp for war he met a few people that he became really good friends with them. It's a hard choice for Noah and you won't believe what he chose. Read to find out! -Young Mind Reporter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Soldiers That Ski I am reviewing Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble. This book is about Noah, a 15 year old sent to Camp Hale after his parents die in 1944 to live with his uncle. His uncle is part of the military 86th Ski Division. Noah was raised on a farm and to be a pacifist. With the war going on moving to a military base was not where he wanted to go. I thought this book would like this book because I’m interested in WII and I wasn’t disappointed. In the beginning, his uncle doesn’t seem to be very nice and there is some tension between the two of them. Noah lies to his uncle and tells him he is 16. He really doesn’t want to be there because his uncle is making him go through training like the rest of the guys, and its hard work. I wouldn’t want to be there either. Eventually, Noah makes friends and starts to like living there. There is a pretty funny part where they go to a hotel for the night and repeal from the top floor in the morning. What happens will make you laugh. While at a 3 week training camp Noah encounters a blizzard, training battles, and they hear of a downed pilot. He is told the pilot is not going to live. Upon his return from training Noah finds out his uncle is missing. He thinks his uncle has gone for the pilot. He is worried. At this point I don’t want to put the book down….can’t wait to find out what happens to the uncle. Eventually Noah’s views war change and he joins the military. Once all his training is complete he is sent to Italy. His troop goes out on scouting missions that lead up to a final assault. I didn’t relate a lot to Noah because he lived on a farm and I couldn’t imagine doing all that training. I did like him as a character though. A lot of the time he was confused and I can relate to that. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about a military unit called the Phantoms, whose skiing prowess enabled them to capture a group of German soldiers during WW II on top of two mountains in Italy. The specific storyline is about a 15 year old boy whose parents both died recently, and he was sent to live with his uncle, one of the Phantoms. Noah's parents had been strict pacifists, and he had never even known that his uncle existed so he is reeling in his new world. This setup was created to show Noah's conflict about war, but I thought it was a little far-fetched and his ability to quickly master so many new and challenging skills was hard to swallow. Ultimately Noah gains the necessary skills and the understanding that people, and war, can be both bad and good.
MaryMarie More than 1 year ago
Great book about a boy coming of age. Also interesting to learn about soldiers who train in snow/winter conditions. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked. Simple and not to bad.
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Will there be a second?
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It is very nice and thoughtful, i enjoyed it very much. If you want humor, nonfiction, and a twist of adventure, this is good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome! Totally recomend. The other review bascally tells you the story. Noah's parents die of small pox, so he is sent to live with his uncle. Wont tell any more! You find out for yourself.
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Go to reslut two little one to meet snowstar. -redfang
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aww u poor kit go to the fifth result say to redfang
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apprentices arent named (paw) until they are 3 moons old!! Duh!