The Sugar Mountain Snow BallBook - 2015
Cheerful Ruby and her shy friend Eleanor couldn't be more different. Ruby has lived her whole life in Paris, New Hampshire, while Eleanor's family is originally from Sri Lanka. But these best friends share one thing: they both have impossible dreams.
Ruby LaRue is an eleven-year-old girl with an enthusiastic zest for life. She and her quiet, brilliant friend, Eleanor Bandaranaike, live in the quaint little town of Paris, New Hampshire, located at the base of Sugar Mountain, an exclusive ski resort in the White Mountains. Every winter, Paris comes alive with Outers, wealthy families from out of town who own ski condos and wear designer clothes, luxuries that Ruby and Eleanor (and most of the year-round residents of Paris) cannot afford.
One December day, Ruby and Eleanor stumble across Madame Magnifique, the "World's Most Divine Psychic," who urges them to unlock their deepest dreams. As a chain of events unfolds over the winter months, both girls find themselves on a journey of self-discovery that starts with unlikely friendships, secret crushes, and newfound skills, and snowplows to an unexpected outcome.
A relevant story in today's world--exploring cross-cultural sensitivities and diversity within a classic New England microcosm-- The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball questions the role of destiny and the ability we all have to achieve that which seems impossible.