The Snow Angel


From bustling Nairobi, to the foothills of Mt Kenya, from the rubbish heaps of the city slum, to snowy Glencoe, we journey with Makena. Ill fortune, epidemic, superstition and thieves conspire against her, and her friend, Snow. We learn so much along the way- from the ravages of consumerism, to the damage inflicted by fear and poverty. We realise the malice of rumour and misinformation.

I was ill prepared for ‘The Snow Angel‘; I thought it was a Christmas animal story. This is a story of survival, hope, open hearts and kindness. It is an essential Bookwagon title that we will be singing about from the top of our shelves. Anyone aged from 10 years must read this superb, urgent book.


The Snow Angel

Lauren St John, with illustrations by Catherine Hyde

(Zephyr) – hardback

In bustling Nairobi, Makena dreams of a future climbing the Kenyan mountains like her beloved father, having the sort of academic career her science teacher mother has determined for her. Fate has other plans. ‘The Snow Angel‘ is a mighty, unexpected, informative and rich book deserving of a huge audience. Bookwagon loves ‘The Snow Angel‘ and recommends it highly to every reader aged from 10 years old.


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