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In this gripping journey, a fifteen-year-old pacifist must decide what he believes as he faces the reality of World War II.The year is 1944, and fifteen-year-old Noah Garrett's parents have died from smallpox. Without any other family nearby, Noah is sent to live with his uncle, whom he has never met, in Camp Hale, Colorado. There is one small problem with this decision: NIn this gripping journey, a fifteen-year-old pacifist must decide what he believes as he faces the reality of World War II.The year is 1944, and fifteen-year-old Noah Garrett's parents have died from smallpox. Without any other family nearby, Noah is sent to live with his uncle, whom he has never met, in Camp Hale, Colorado. There is one small problem with this decision: Noah has been raised a pacifist, and Camp Hale is a U.S. military base for a little-known division of winter warfare soldiers called Phantoms. Can a boy who's never seen snow and doesn't believe in war survive among these soldiers?Noah's struggle to resolve his upbringing with the horrors of World War II into a way of life he can believe in takes him on an incredible and riveting journey from the training camp to the frontlines of battle. Based on historical events, the story of Noah and the Phantoms of the Tenth Mountain Division is one of courage and conviction, brotherhood, and the joy in living....

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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Phantoms In The Snow Reviews

  • Rachel Knorr
    2019-05-22 02:56

    In the book Phantoms in the Snow the main character, Noah, is going through changes in his life. In the beginning of the book Noah's parents die and the church he goes to sends him to Colorado. In Colorado there is a military camp the that is for Army skiiers that go into mountains during war. At this camp is Noah's uncle, his uncle takes care of him and starts teaching him how to ski like he does.Noah goes through many more challenges while learning to ski. One of those challenges is going and skiing in World War II and knowing what to do while the Germans are attacking. In the book it shows how Noah can go through hard times and get through them. In the end of the book he is a brave teenager that knows the diffrence between good and bad.I think the book Phantoms in the Snow is a book for teenagers who are intrested in World War II and some of the not so obvious things that happened during it.I thought this book was okay and was worth reading it but others would enjoy it more if they liked war and stories behind it.

  • Savage Reader
    2019-05-18 22:09

    was nice read

  • Tessa
    2019-05-21 00:55

    I liked this one well enough. It wasn't spectacular, but good. My main complaint is that it was too short to live up to its potential. It moved very quickly, to the point of feeling rushed at times. This may have been to keep it action-packed to interest the reluctant guy reader, but I felt it did the story a disservice. I liked the development of the relationship between Noah and Daniel. The Noah-Uncle relationship could have been developed a bit more. I liked the uncle's gruff-exterior-soft-interior-but-he'll-kick-your-butt-if-you-ever-hint-that-he's-soft character. He was fun.I would have liked to see more treatment of the pacifist in war issue. I've never seen a war novel from a pacifist's perspective and I wish Duble had done more with it. All I got was Noah's parents didn't believe in war so he doesn't and then a friend gets shot. I didn't see any big moral dilemmas or questioning whether or not a particular war was justified, just war theory. I wanted more. Maybe doing more would have bogged it down, but I think it would have given a lot of interesting food for thought. I want depth. I did appreciate the ending scene with what Noah decides to do with the German soldier.I did like the camaraderie and family-ness relationships that developed among Noah and his fellow Phantoms. This was a coming-of-age story more than a war novel, so battle actually plays a very small part, which I liked. I get bored during battle scenes and I liked Noah's development as he proceeded through different aspects of the training. However, the intended audience probably prefers battle scenes.This was an interesting chunk of WWII that I had never seen before. I liked that Duble included a brief bibliography at the back for those who are interested in learning more.Once caveat for the cover. Poorly done. The subjects face looks like it was cut out and pasted onto a stock photo of a skier. The sizing isn't correct and it bugs me every time I look at the front. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book, but still.

  • Bryce Bastar
    2019-05-23 01:57

    Personal Response:I liked this book a lot. It talked about how the Germans were up in the mountains. They had a good point where they had the high ground to attack and defeat other military people. I liked how the author wrote the book, because it told me how hard being a Phantom was and it explained the process and training that they do to become a Phantom.Plot: The plot of the story started out in the mountains of Colorado in basic training. During training the 85th-87th division got shipped out to Texas for army training. At the end of the book the divisions got shipped out to Italy to fight the Nazi powers in the mountains. They also slept in a barn on an old farm in Italy when they were deported.Characterization: Noah is the main character of this book, a 15 year old boy. His uncle, James Shelly, is one of the few Phantoms of the Snow.Setting: The setting of this book is in 1944 during World War II. It takes place in the Colorado Rockies where the base is located. At the end of the book, the setting was in Italy and Germany as the troops traveled and battled through Germany.Theme: The lesson I got from this book is always have each others back. If Noah did not have his Uncle James's back, he would have been dead.Recommendation: I would recommend this book to both male and female teenagers who are interested in military fiction and action packed books. It would also be a good recommendation for elderly people who were in the war. This book would be a good book in a nursing home for elderly people.

  • Josh B
    2019-05-04 21:17

    While reading Phantoms in the Snow, I tended to get in a comfortable place to read. When reading this book it was an easy read and didn't have very many lines of plot like most of the books that you hear about. The one thing that was complex was that there were a lot of characters that were not always referred to as the same name. For example, one character might call another character by their first name and then by their last name at another time. "His parents were gone. His grandparents were died, to they said there was no other choice."The first turning point in Noah's life was the death of his parents. When they died, he had no other family besides his uncle that he had never met. He was forced to go and live with him. But because he was still fifteen he was not going to be able to join his uncle at the training camp until he was sixteen. The second turning point was when his battalion was called to go prepare for the war in Texas. When he was in Texas it was a completely different scene than he remembered and he realized that he loved the mountains better than he thought. Then the third turning point was when he got called to war in Italy. All of these turning points made him turn into a man earlier than necessary. I would recommend this book to someone who likes war books but is of a younger age. I recommend this because if you were older, you might think that this book is really easy to read. This book would be also enjoyed by someone who likes fiction books.

  • Luke M.
    2019-05-21 01:06

    Phantoms In The Snow by Kathleen Duble, is a very informational historical fiction novel that was centered around a fifteen-year-old Noah Garrett from Texas. Noah loses his parents in the beginning of the novel to small pox and is forced to move to a military base in Colorado where his uncle would look after him. Knowing that the country was in the midst of WWII, Noah thought he would be thrown right into the middle of battle and he was worried. Noah did not even believe in war! This was because his parents were Pacifists who taught him that violence was never the answer. Noah tries to overcome the physical and emotional struggles of his unique problems during the U.S.’s battle with the Axis Powers. Personally, I felt that this book portrayed the time period very well with its information about World War II. It also had great characters with realistic emotions. Despite those thoughts, Phantoms In The Snow didn’t really hook me as a reader. I was not pulled to keep on reading as the plot was not as exciting as I had expected. In my opinion, the plot really never caught fire as I was desperately waiting for something exciting to happen. I believe this novel deserved two stars because it served its purpose as a book that would allow me to complete the assignments, but wasn’t as good of a read as I expected.

  • Bryce slue H
    2019-05-05 01:17

    I gave this book a 4 star rating because it is a good book filled with action. What happens in this book is a 15-year-old boy named Noah Garret gets shipped of to camp hale to live with his uncle because. His parents died of smallpox and he has no other living family. At first Noah was trying to figure out a way that he could break out and find somewhere else to live. After a while his uncle finds out that he isn't 16 but puts him trough combat training anyway.Noah eventually makes friends at the camp and doesn't want to leave. They all get sent to war and fight the Germans in a small town in the mountains and win.I would recommend this book to someone because it is a very good book. If i were to recommend this book to anyone it would be a male from the ages 11-22 that like books that have a lot of action in them.

  • Max
    2019-04-24 20:20

    This book was very interesting to me because I like to ski and read military books. It is a fiction book based on real events during WWII and has lots of history. If you like these things I would recommend Phantoms in the Snow because it is a book that really stands out and I have not read a book like this one. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Javier Valencia
    2019-05-04 22:15

    Phantoms in the Snow is a great book to read. It make you see how peoples beliefs could in in an instant. It makes you see how war is sometimes needed to solve a problem. It takes you inside the head of the main character and how he thinks and his beliefs. It Show how his beliefs change through out the story.

  • Blake Bixby
    2019-04-23 19:18

    Name ____Blake Bixby______________________________________ Date ____1/26/17________ Class __Reading core D____The Honest TruthAn absolutely honest book reviewTitle: ___Phantoms in the Snow ________________________________________________Pages _240 ______Author: ____Kathleen Benner Duble______________________ Publisher Scholastic _____________________Genre: ___Historical Fiction________ ISBN _978-0-545-39495-6 _________________________ Price ___$5.99_________Give a summary of the book- without giving away the ending.______It’s 1944 and Noah Garret is 15 and lives in Texas. He was orphaned by smallpox and raised a pacifist by his parents before they died. He goes to live with his only relative, an uncle he has never seen before in his life In Camp Hale, Colorado which houses military skiing divisions. Now, Noah has to learn to ski when he has never seen snow before, lie about his age to live with his uncle, fight though he is a pacifist and discover what to do with his life when the war ends, all while trying to warm up to his uncle and mates, facing sickness and death survive his first real military mission. .__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Check one: Explain why you selected the description you did and I loved this book! why you rated the book the way you did.I enjoyed this book.* _I selected this description because it explains the story without giving away the ending and I didn’t give away to many of the good parts. ______________________________I did not enjoy this book. ___________________________________I abandoned this book. ___________________________________ ___________________________________✰ ✰ ✰ ✰* ✰ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________Who would you recommend this book to and why?________I would recommend this book to any one who likes skiing and war stories because those are the two main focuses of the book and I would recommend it to people my age .___________________________ ___________________________________ If you liked …___________________________________ ➔____ ___ An Innocent Soldier _______________________________________________ ➔________Beneath a Scarlet Sky _______ ____________________________ ➔________ The Secret-Code breakers of Central Bureau _______________________________________________ ...then you might like this book, too!

  • Brandon Rowe
    2019-05-04 22:00

    Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble that takes place in World War 2. Noah is a 15-year-old boy who lives in Texas when his parents suddenly die of smallpox. He has no family around or left to take him in other than his Uncle James Shelley who lives on a military base in Colorado. Noah arrived on base in snowy Colorado to figure out that the base his uncle lives on is near a giant mountain because they are one of the only skiing division in the military. Noah had no idea how to ski and to make it even worse homesickness set in very quick. I connected with how Noah learned how to ski. It took him a while to learn how and while he was learning he kept falling. The next days he would be so sore and have to get up and do it again. I learned to ski at Cascade Mountain and I fell constantly. It was fun, but so cold and hurt a lot. By the end of the lessons, I began to get better and not fall as much. I liked this book very much. It is based on a real thing that happened. The characters weren’t real, but the division and places were real. I enjoy reading about World War 2 and would recommend this book to anyone who also likes World War 2. This book is also good for anyone though because it is not just about the War and is more about the main character's journey and the family of the 10th mountain ski division.

  • Joseph
    2019-05-21 22:03

    The reason why i rated this review is because, I love these types of books and genre. But my favorite part is where Noah kept falling down the mountain skeing and finally the next day he does it once.

  • SFrick
    2019-05-09 20:00

    Excellent book, enjoyed the detail and may read a second time. I would say that the book can be appreciated by YA and adult readers as well.Will research Phantoms of the Tenth Mountain Division as I need to know more.

  • Jen
    2019-05-20 01:08

    I learn so much from reading this author. This book was about the first soldiers who used skiing and how they created the whole skiing industry when they returned home to the US.

  • Erin
    2019-04-28 23:03

    "I can see you're feeling bad about standing up for what you believe in. It's 'cause of all that polite stuff you were raised on. Well don't you do it... Don't let me or anyone other man bully you into doing what you don't want to. You said no. Now stick by your decision and forget about it. That's the proud and right thing to do."See reviews first on my blogNoah is now an orphan with no family that he really knows to take care of him. So he is sent to live with his uncle who is in the military, who he has never met before nor heard much about. Once he's arrived Noah has to lie about his age in order to stay. The more her learns about his uncle and the war and the more training he gets to be a phantom (they work in the snowy mountains to stop Nazi's.) he starts getting confused on what he should do. He doesn't believe he should kill anyone, but he also sees how bad the people they are fighting for have been treated. Caught in a tough situation Noah has to do a lot of thinking in order to find his own way while fighting for his life."For me it's like this. I stand out here, and I see those mountains. And I realize that I'm free to do whatever I want to, live a life as I choose. And I know that I can't stand by and not let other people have that same freedom."Overall I really liked this story. Noah while at times was slightly childish was also a very believable character. He had grown up sheltered by his parents, and he didn't understand certain things about the real world until they were right in front him. His uncle while a tough man to like at first is one that grows on you. He hasn't had any family for a long time, so to have someone who he cares for around again is hard for him at times. But by the end of the story you love him and you can see that he was just really doing what he though was best for Noah all while still trying to have his own career and life. The other side characters in this book were very enjoyable as well. I loved the banter they all had going on between them and how they all realized that the tough guy act they all did was just an act and that they all were very scared about what they were going to have to do.I loved learning so much about the phantoms. I had heard of the name before regarding what they did, but I didn't really understand what it was until this book. The author added in real life things that phantoms had done as well making the story all the more enjoyable. I hope to read more about them in the future."Maybe something good would come of it, but would any of them know until time had passed? War, Noah saw now, was the great gamble, sometimes necessary, sometimes not."

  • Hazel West
    2019-05-21 22:20

    Thoughts on the Overall Book: I thought this book was a very nice, meaningful war story and perfect for the age it's geared toward. Of course the synopsis was a done deal for me when it promised a brotherhood story and I was not disappointed in that fact. It was a brotherhood story, a coming of age story, and a family story. Seriously, all my favorite things to see in a war novel. I was also intrigued because I had never heard of the "Phantoms", the skiing devision who fought in WWII. It kind of reminded me of the Rangers from the Ranger's Apprentice series a little bit, and I really enjoyed learning this bit of history I didn't know and found it very interesting.Cover--Yea or Nay: I actually do like the cover, even though I'm not always fond of having the characters on the cover. I think the boy looks like Noah and I love the misty, snowy look to it, that and the title were actually what caught my attention, and once I realized it was a WWII novel, I was even more intrigued.Characters: Noah is a good protagonist for this kind of book and the audience who's meant to read it. He's a very moral young man, raised by pacifists during WWII, so when he was sent to the training camp of the Phantoms after his parents died of small pox to go meet his uncle, you can see the dilemma that awaited him. His uncle James Shelley seems at first to be a wastrel at first, but I loved how their relationship grew and how Shelley actually turned into a likable character. There were a lot of likable characters in the supporting cast as well. I loved Noah's friends and the camaraderie that was between them with plenty of brotherly railing and banter. Daniel was your typical brooding character who usually turns up in these stories who has the hard past of losing all his family and friends. The only problem I had with him was that I wished his character and story could have went a little farther. I think Noah should have formed a better friendship with him, but I'll talk more about that later.Writing Style: The writing style really wasn't all that special, but it was not bad either. It was clear enough.Problems/What bothered me: Nothing really bothered me in a big way, but I think the book could have been longer, especially if it had been written for an older audience. I have no problem with the book itself, because I think that just the way it is is great for young teens, but I still think there could have been more time between the characters. And also events seem to come and go without a lot of time shown in between, but that's really the only thing I had a problem with and it probably wouldn't bother everyone. I just like a little deeper war novel myself.Conclusion: 4 stars. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The outcome was very satisfying, and I liked how Noah came to the conclusion that if he was going to have to fight in war, he would fight to save the lives of his friends and not to take the lives of the enemy. Recommended Audience: A good guy read for probably ages 12-15. There's no content, even the parts that could have been bloody were not. It's not a hard core war novel, but reading it for the story alone is enjoyable and it's a good book if you want a quick read. As I said, I think it is a fantastic book for the age range it's written for.

  • jv poore
    2019-05-06 00:07

    Being relatively well-educated, I have carried around the belief that I knew (basically) all about World War II. We start learning about it in 6th grade and we continue to study it well into our senior year. Why is it, then, that I had never heard of the Phantoms (Tenth Mountain Division)? I feel cheated.Ms. Duble’s Phantoms in the Snow tells the courageous and heart-wrenching story of a very young Texas farmer, contentedly plodding along until his world is shattered. The untimely death of his parents land 15-year old Noah with an uncle he had never heard of. As if the circumstances wouldn’t be challenging enough, Uncle Shelley happens to be a high-ranking soldier at Camp Hale, Colorado. He is training an elite team of soldiers to send to the snowy mountains in Europe. These men are the only hope of capturing Riva Ridge and Mount Belvedere in Italy. In doing so, the Germans secured there will be flushed out, giving the Americans and Freedom Fighters a chance to turn the tide of the war.This is much more than a war story. It is about loyalty, compassion, understanding and support. It is about working hard to save the lives of people you will never know. This book demonstrates the strength in a team. The story shows that no matter how crummy one life seems, there is always another worse off. It is about believing in something bigger than yourself and doing what is right---even if it seems small and inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.Phantoms gives the reader a glimpse of a unique group of soldiers. Not only were these men instrumental in gaining ground during World War II, they came home to give something surprising back to their own country. Phantoms, with their crazy passion, helped to make skiing a remarkably popular recreational activity. They are responsible the for well-known ski resorts in Vail and Aspen. A backcountry trail system between the two was created to honor the Tenth Mountain Division.These men are unsung heroes. This makes me sad. Everyone should know about the men that trained in frigid, inhospitable conditions to quietly slip under the radar and do what no others soldiers have done. Ms. Duble’s book is the perfect place to start. While her characters are not necessarily based on specific Phantoms, the events are factual, the tale gripping. Please, let’s finally give these men the recognition they deserve. Give this book to students studying World War II, they will thank you, I promise. Find your ski-fanatic buds and give them a copy of this book. Who knows what these ski-bums would be into if not for the Phantoms? To the men of the Tenth Mountain Division: thank you, I am forever grateful to you.This review was written for the Buried Under Books Blog.

  • Becky Soledad
    2019-05-05 02:13

    I tried to imagine myself as a 13 year old boy reading this book. I'm pretty sure if I was it would be a four or five star book. As an adult I had to give it three maybe two and half. Noah is orphaned (small pox) in 1944 and is sent to live with his only living relative, his uncle. An uncle he didn't even know existed until Noah was on the train to meet him. Turns out Noah's uncle is part of a mostly unknown military outfit called the Phantoms. Phantoms are a skiing military unit in the mountains of Colorado. For Noah, from Texas and raised a pacifist, this a big change. He is forced to decide if he wants to go against everything he has ever known and train with the Phantoms or take his chances with an orphanage. The Tenth Mountain Division was an actual outfit during World War II that fought in the mountains of Italy and helped turn the tides of the war there. Also interestingly enough from what I can tell (please someone confirm if you know) they are now stationed at Fort Drum. I had no idea and will be doing more research in the near future! This makes for an excellent selling point with boys in this area. For the most part I enjoyed the book there were a few things that bothered me. First there was the end, I felt like the entire book was building to some great climax and when I got there it was over. Just like that. I had to read the last two or three pages three times before I figured out what happened. It was really disappointing. I wanted so much more from this book. I wanted to see how Noah reconciled his pacifist upbringing with the horrors of war he was now witnessing. I felt the same way about losing people. It's war, people die, but give me a chance to really mourn them. Like I said it has the potential to be a big hit with young boy readers but for me it fell short emotionally. It was interesting learning about the training and learning to ski with guns and while shooting and being shot at. Noah is a likable character and so are the others in his outfit. They have some pretty crazy adventures which, according to the author, were pulled directly from actual events. Verdict: My copy is already in the library. I book talked it and three boys fought over it. It hasn't come back yet with an "I don't like this. I can't read it."

  • Kay Mcgriff
    2019-04-24 21:14

    I had no idea that the US Army trained a division of skiing soldiers known as Phantoms in the mountains surrounding Camp Hale, Colorado. The Tenth Mountain Division trained in brutal conditions to be able to tackle any mountain through skiing, rappelling and climbing, no matter the weather. When not training, they looked to enjoy wild adventure before being sent to the Italian Alps at the end of World War II.In Phantoms in the Snow, Kathleen Benne Duble throws fifteen-year-old Noah into Camp Hale after he lost his parents to small pox. Now he is being sent to live with his Uncle Shelley, whom he has never met, at Camp Hale. There are just two small problems. First, Noah is only fifteen, and you have to be sixteen to sign up to join the war effort. Second, Noah was raised as a pacifist. How will he ever fit in with a group of soldiers? Not to mention, how will this Texas farm boy deal with snowy mountains and learn to ski?I love how Noah grapples with the questions raised by his experiences at Camp Hale. The training pushes him to the limits of his physical and mental strength as he learns to ski, dig foxholes, rappel, and handle a gun, but he is proud of his accomplishments. He comes to respect and even care for his gruff uncle. He treasures the acceptance and camaraderie that he gains with the other boys, but he doesn't know how he could ever go to war. When he learns of the atrocities the Nazis are inflicting on the Jews of Europe, he questions if avoiding war is still the right thing to do.Duble doesn't give any answers to Noah's predicament. Just as in life, he has to make a decision with the incomplete information he has and wait for the future to unfold to learn if it was the right choice to make. The characters, too, are mixes of good and bad. Noah is far from perfect. In fact he is often wrapped up in his own self-pity. His uncle Shelley is a daredevil who appears not to care, but he risks his own life to save others. Not only does Phantom in the Snow explore difficult questions of right and wrong, it also shines a light on a little-known part of World War II history.First published on my blog at

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-29 00:06

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comTexas is home to Noah Garrett. He's fifteen years old and used to living among the tall grass and the heat. When his parents suddenly die of smallpox, he finds himself in the temporary care of the local minister. After arrangements are made, Noah boards a train and heads for the mountains of Colorado.Noah's uncle has offered to take the boy in, but Shelly James's home is not exactly what Noah expects. Officer James, aka Uncle Shelly, lives at Camp Hale, a military base high in the Rocky Mountains. Noah is about to begin living the life of a Phantom. He's never even heard of these skiing soldiers, but he's about to learn the hard way.Noah quickly regrets his little white lie that leads his uncle and the camp's commanding officer to believe he is already sixteen. That's the legal age allowing boys to enlist, so it is assumed that Noah is agreeable to becoming a Phantom. His training begins.He has never seen a snow ski in his entire life. Now, he is told to bundle up, strap the awkward boards on his feet, and hit the slopes. After one day of training, he drops into his bunk like a rock. Even though he is used to hard work on the farm, every part of him aches. When he overhears his uncle and the general talking, he realizes the torture has just begun.Despite being raised a pacifist, Noah soon becomes part of this group of soldiers. He learns to ski quickly and excels at climbing and rappelling, as well. He also finds himself becoming attached to the gruff, unemotional man that is his uncle. For Noah, the all too real possibility of fighting Germans in Europe remains in the distant future.PHANTOMS IN THE SNOW is an excellent novel about a little known group of soldiers in World War II. Duble deftly relates the story of these fighting men and how Noah becomes one of them. This book has wide appeal, but is sure to be successful with those interested in war stories or historical fiction. I already know who I'm going to offer it to first.

  • Roe
    2019-05-22 22:02

    Roe Cole A Block In the book “Phantoms In The Snow” a young boy named Noah is being shipped off to a military camp after his parents die. Noah is only fifteen and is not supposed to go to a military camp because he is under sixteen but his only live relative is a leader at this camp. Noah is in for a big surprise when he finds out that the camp is in the mountains, far different from his daily Texas life. Noah is put with his relative James Shelley in the mountains and is taught to ski. Noah has trouble skiing, shown in the line “Noah spent hours riding up the T-bar, only to fall trying to parallel ski with eighty pounds on his back.” Noah is slowly taught the proper techniques of combat in case he has to go to war. Along this dreadful road Noah makes friends such as Willy, Roger and Cam. These boys go through training together and are made part of the eighty sixth mountain division. These boys are trained to climb mountains, repel down and then ski away without being spotted. These boys are the Phantoms. I personally got mad at this book because it dragged on and on about the training for World War II and the actual fighting didn’t come in until near the end of the book and I didn’t like that. This book didn’t have much suspense but was not predictable at all. I will not reveal anything that happens, but there are some deep and tragic matters in this book. This book was sad at times but good all the same. There was a lot of description and time put into this book. I think that this book is appropriate for all ages and is not a bad influence for children. I think that I would give this book a seven out of ten for it’s detail and realism. This book has a lot of action and I do recommend it for fans of action novels. This book is a little dramatic. I’d suggest it to everyone.

  • Derek
    2019-05-14 01:17

    Phantoms in the Snow is one the best books I have read in my life.The reason why I liked the book is because it took a kid who had nothing left to take in a whole new life and actually deal with people that he had never met or even had to deal with. The character Noah Garrett who is only fifteen had a very easy life before he became a Phantom. He never had to that hard in his life until he had to learn how to ski.Only though Noah Garrett is only 15 he should never have been allowed to go into the army in the first place.Skiing and Phantoms are one in the same thing Phantoms were required to go into action in the alps to shoot the German guards patrolling. They were supposed to take back prisoners and rescue concentration camp people.Along the way Noah and Wiley,Cam,and Roger get into a lot of trouble because they left camp on a "training exercise" even though they planned on going to a hotel for the night. When they were there they rappelled down the side of a hotel for fun. Their commanding officer knew all about their little training exercise incident because it made the front page of the newspaper.The setting is in the time of World War 2. It was a very harsh and single sided race idea in Germany. They disclosed all Jewish people and put them into horrible camps where they could get beat and die. At the end and throughout parts of the story Noah witnessed three things that were horrible to his friends one died, the other went AWOL, and the other one was in a medical coma.What I didn't like was the horrible ending it didn't tell if Noah went back to war and finished off the rest of the war.I would recommend this book to people that can handle intense scenes of killing and action. People that would not mind to learn some important life lessons throughout the book.

  • Gabe Brady
    2019-05-15 01:55

    Phantoms in the Snow****Phantoms in the snow the characters are very believable In some points that I got so into the book I forgot that it was fiction and when that happens you know it’s a believable and interesting book. I really liked how Noah wasn’t very sure if he wanted to stay at Camp Hale with an Uncle that he didn’t know deep down loved him very much. But as the story moved along that completely changed. Noah was begging to be with his Uncle James Shelley the whole time especially when Shelley was in the hospital. As Noah and his Uncle Shelley and their whole tenth mountain division moved from Colorado to Texas to finally join the war efforts in Italy. All in all this book had a great plot that I wish just had a snitch more action. Noah developed and changed so much during the story and grew to be a fine young man that really learned a lot about life through his days with his fellow soldiers. Now it’s time to talk about the great James Shelley. Until half way through the book I didn’t like the man he looked like he didn’t care that his sister died at all and he didn't really act very comforting to his nephew Noah. Just like Noah he developed and, “softened” up if that’s how you want say it. I’m not trying to bag on the author Kathleen Benner Duble because I know no I could never write this great of a book but I didn’t really think she had great voice. Everything she said was kind of dull and not very exciting. Just like her voice I didn’t really like her style I mean it was a good book and all but I didn’t really like the way her chapters were set up I would have liked it if the chapter had a title so I could have tried to predict what would have happened in the chapter.

  • Lora
    2019-05-22 23:01

    I hate the cover of this book. So not appealing, and it looks completely superimposed.That said, I loved the story. Historical fiction about WWII with a completely different angle then I've ever read before. This is about the Phantom soldiers that skied in the mountains, they were called Phantoms because they were so quick and camouflaged that no one saw them coming. Noah is a fifteen year old boy who has just been orphaned (his parents just died from smallpox) and he is forced to go live with his uncle in the mountains of Colorado on a military base. He decides to lie about his age and join the forces, just because he needs a place to stay (he's actually a pacifist and struggles with that greatly throughout the book). Noah trains with the rest of the soldiers and eventually does get shipped to Europe.The story starts a bit slow, dealing more with Noah's predicament and how he must start to fit in the military. It's very interesting to read about all the tasks the Phantoms did and how they trained for them. It's not until the last third of the book that war is described. And that war is brutal and quiet and harsh. Noah really struggles and the reader does as well because it is such a stark change from the rest of the book to that point. It's a great writing technique and the reader really feels connected to Noah.The author provides the readers with an author's note explaining the inspiration for the book as well as a bibliography of further reading in case more information is wanted about the very powerful Phantoms and how they changed the course of WWII.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-27 19:55

    When fifteen-year-old Noah's pacifist parents die of the smallpox in Texas, he is sent to Camp Hale, Colorado to stay with his uncle James Shelley, who he has never met. James is part of a rough-and-tumble mountain skiing unit, and the commanding officer is less than pleased that Noah is there, so he and his uncle agree that he will train with the unit. Noah has never skied, and believes that war and fighting is bad, but he bonds with his uncle and the other men, and learns about what is going on in Germany under Hitler. Training is rough, and it comes out that Noah is not quite old enough to train, but when he turns 16, he enlists with his uncle's permission. When the unit (the Tenth Mountain unit, or the Phantoms) ships out to Italy, Noah gets a taste of fighting and war, but realizes that helping people who have been suffering under the German occupation is worth it, even when he loses several friends.Strengths: Excellent story of a different facet of WWII. Noah's family story is intriguing as well, and the character development of him not wanting to fight but seeing the need to is interesting. He never loses his humanity, though, and decides to take up medical training. Plenty of action, though, which is what the boys want. Weaknesses: Very few. Perhaps a tad altruistic, but an excellent book! I'm definitely buying a copy and recommending that my public library does as well.

  • Becky
    2019-05-15 00:09

    Phantoms in the Snow was a great book set during World War II. Noah, the hero, is a young man who has just lost both parents to small pox. His only living relative is an uncle that he's never met, or can't remember meeting. He's a soldier in the army, a "Phantom" part of a skiing unit. Now Noah was raised by pacifists, and, until their death he's never really thought about how he personally feels about war, and if he should be a part of it or not. He's sent to live with his uncle at a mountain camp, army camp. Once there, his uncle signs him up and lies about his age. Noah begins his training. He first has to learn to ski. He already knows how to shoot. But there's so much about army life that he doesn't know at least not yet. Noah remains conflicted through much of the book. About who he is and what he believes and where he really belongs. He learns a lot about life and about how you should never make assumptions about where another person is coming from, and what life is like for others. Anyway, it's a very strong coming-of-age story. It's a story with a lot of heart, I might add. I cared about Noah. I cared about his uncle. And I cared about a character called Skeeter. Overall, this one is oh-so-easy to recommend.

  • Caleb Loomis
    2019-05-09 23:04

    The main character’s name is Noah a boy from texas who is 15. You very soon find out his parents have died to smallpox. With no other family nearby, Noah is sent to live with his uncle, whom he’s never met, in camp Hale, colorado. There’s just one small problem. Noah has been raised a pacifist, and camp hail is a U.S. military base for a little division of winter soldiers called phantoms.I was very intrigued by this book because i have read a lot of other books about war, but this was very different for one reason, snow! It was very interesting to see how different it is for marines in winter areas rather than at places like Vietnam or Iraq where it is hot. Also the fact that the marines use skies in camp Hale because it helps them get around better and that made Noah’s journey longer because he had to learn how to ski.although this was a fast read it was worth it if you like war books because it provides a twist on most war books. I also agree with the author that sometimes there are challenges we have to get through ,like How Noah had to become a soldier, but if you stay strong, like Noah, you’ll make it through it a stronger and better person.

  • Denise
    2019-04-30 22:11

    I read this because my oldest son read it and told me it was one of the few books that made him cry. For that reason alone I had to read it.The book follows real facts (some dates of changed) of the Ski Division that helped take back Italy in World War 2. It follows a fifteen year old who has lost his pacifist parents and is shipped to live with his completely unknown larger than life military uncle.I think the thing I liked the most about this book is the character development. I like that they didn't just bash the pacifist, didn't just bash the war effort...they showed how gray life can be instead of black and white and how choices have consequences, good and bad.I am very thankful my son read this book and I am very thankful I read this book. If you are looking for a book for your teen son, this would be a great choice. Be advised, it deals strongly with death. It is a grown up situation through the eyes of a young teenager.

  • Bryce Bastar
    2019-05-08 01:10

    I liked this book a lot. It talked about how the Germans were up in the mountains and how they had a good point where they had the high ground to attack and defeat other military people. I like how they wrote the book because it tells you how hard being a phantom is and it explains the process and training that they do to become what they are.The plot of the story started out in the mountains of Colorado in basic training. During training they got shipped out to Texas for army training. At the end of the book they got shipped out to Italy to fight the Nazi powers in the mountains. They also slept in a barn on an old farm in Italy when they were deported.I would recommend this book to teenagers who are interested in military fiction and action packed books. It would also be a good recommendation for elderly people who were in the war. This book would be a good book in a nursing home for elderly people.

  • Liam Ferris
    2019-04-26 20:53

    This was a very good book about a boy named Noah Garrett whos parents died of smallpox so he moves with his uncle at" camp hale" a.k.a camp hell where he gets trained for WWII and they are in the mountains, so they are all dressed in white so the German troops cant see them in the snow. But Noah faces troubles like how old he is (15 ) so he cant be in the division because you have to be 16 and if he can go to war. Noah does make friends at the camp though and learn the ways of he men and boys and fits in. He does go to Italy and sees the cites ruined and learns lessons about war and faces the Germans in the war.In the beginning of he book Noah is a passive young boy who is trying to survive his new life but in the end of the book Noah is a man and can conquer his fears easier. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in war and kids that are in their teens.