The Taste of Snow

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Stephen V. Masse

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The Taste of Snow is the story of Nicole Kinders, an eleven-year-old girl living in the Alps of Austria who is challenged with finding magic in a series of upsetting events which all happen during the Christmas season.


Young Adult, Action, Adventure, Children's, Drama

Short Summary

Nicole stops at the market stall on the way to school for a sweet for her and her sister Ashley, and is given a candy cane by the mysterious shopkeeper, Boznik. He tells her "This is a magic candy cane." From then on extraordinary things begin to happen -- some good, but most of them not good.

Nicole has been found after being lost overnight in a mountain blizzard, and finds the courage to confront her neighbor and classmate, Max Brunheim, over an incident which caused a web of pain, deceit, and sorrow.


Alps of Austria

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Nicole Kinders

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Faithful, Gracious, Adventurous, Aspiring, Complex, Confident, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Ashley Kinders

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Manipulative,Charming,Complex,Confident,Unapologetic,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Max Brunheim

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Charming, Complex,Clumsy,Flexible

Additional Character Details

Name: Boznik

Age: 35


Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming, Complex, Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Visionary

Development Pitch

A feature Holiday film outside the American holiday trappings and predictable plots, The Taste of Snow takes place in the Alps of Austria with all of the beauty of the mountains in snow, the ancient and captivating Christmas traditions, markets and music, and the personal drama of children discovering magic among all of the everyday problems and stresses as the season unfolds. This is a story with depth and character as well as cinematic potential.

About The Author

Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a school composition book. Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column, "Out of Control." His first novel for children, Shadow Stealer, was published in 1988 by Dillon Press. He also runs a home remodeling business in the Boston area.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Good Harbor Press

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available