thaw

Thaw

Monika Roe

Dane is a smart, gifted ass, until Guillain-Barre paralyzes him.

Dane was “untouchable, a deity on skis,” but now he’s helpless and immobile in a Florida rehab center miles away from his upstate New York home. The arrogant eighteen-year-old initially rejects the assistance of the physical therapist, sure that he can regain his former strength with determination and self-control. As his stay in rehab drags on, however, he begins to contemplate his failed relationship with his girlfriend, the price he’s been paying for his never-give-an-inch attitude, and the plight of Carissa, a teen who spends most of her days at the rehab center visiting her irreparably comatose father.


  • Ages: 14 - 17
  • Grades: 9 - 12
  • Pages: 208

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Recent Reviews

Roe's success at creating a smoothly compelling narrative is impressive. ...Well written.

—Kirkus Reviews

Roe’s descriptions of wintry New York are stunningly beautiful. The protagonist’s frustrations about feeling out of control will resonate with teens, and the context of neurological rehab presents an original and challenging read.

—School Library Journal

The writing and pace are smooth and quick, and the plot sensibly unfolds.

—Voice of Youth Advocates

Dane, a star cross-country skier, is stricken by Guillan-Barre Syndrome, and finds himself transported from New York to Florida for his rehabilitation. Dane is not a likeable person. Because he is paralyzed, he has to rely on other people for everything, which makes him angry. He is lonely and afraid—although he won't admit it. As he gradually regains use of some ofhis muscles, his attitude begins to also thaw. There are references to sex, bad language, and alcohol consumption by minors. Still, I think it can speak to young teens about themselves and their view of others.

—Library Media Connection

Honors for Thaw

  • NYSRA Suggested Reading List
  • Kansas State Reading Circle
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  • 08-09 Top 40 Fiction PSLA

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