Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, with no one to talk to but Periwinkle the pigeon. Her days are filled with floor-sweeping, bed-making and soup-stirring. Her nights are filled with dreams of her mother, who vanished long ago. Nothing incredible has ever happened to Lettie, until one winter's night. The night the Snow Merchant comes. He claims to be an alchemist - the greatest that ever lived - and in a mahogany suitcase, he carries his newest invention. It is an invention that will change Lettie's life - and the world - forever. It is an invention called snow. The Snow Merchant is a fantasy filled with family secrets, magical transformations and wild adventure. Join Lettie on her journey to uncover the true meaning of snow, family and friendship.
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A tale of self discovery, family and friendship...an inventive and accomplished debut. - Independent on Sunday
A delightful debut...full of action and invention. - Sunday Times
A germ of JK and a pinch of Pullman. - TES
A very promising debut novel from Gayton, full of fairytale and fun, which should appeal to Lemony Snicket fans. - Daily Mail
A quirky and very inventive debut; filled with exotic characters and quite a lot of charm. - Editor's Choice, Children's Books Ireland
The Snow Merchant is exhilarating, entertaining and original, bursting with ideas. - Books for Keeps, Book of the Month
Beautifully old-fashioned storytelling weaves a hugely imaginative tale of alchemy, family and snow in this quirky debut novel. - The Bookseller
One of our key recommends for festive reading. A perfect book to share as a family. - The Bookseller
A gripping debut. - LoveReading4Kids
A most fantastical story, not dissimilar to Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. One can look forward to more books graced by Tomislav Tomic’s illustrations. - THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
A future classic. - Slightly Foxed
This story is truly original, rich in imagination and charm, and it will captivate readers well above its apparent target group. It's curious, really: how can a book about snow leave such a lasting impression of warmth behind? - The BookBag, 5 stars
The Snow Merchant is astounding in its imagination and creativity. I don't think it will be long before he becomes one of the most treasured children's authors. - Blogcritics
The most imaginative tale I've read in a very long time. - Literary Loves
Sam Gayton lives in South London. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University. The Snow Merchant is his first book. His next is about a little lost girl, six inches tall. He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he's not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).