A WINTER’S TALE tells the story of Ingamald, a young woman destined to be a powerful witch in a pre-industrial world known as Hinterlund. A fearmonger in the person of Morton Winter has bought himself into power and works to control the largely illiterate populace. His oppression is absolute as he puts a halt to learning and outlaws any who work in the arcane arts. Ingamald and her magical friends are threatened with torture and death. She takes drastic and sometimes magical action, and through her wits and disguises plots Winter’s demise.
- FINALIST for the 2006 White Pine Award
- Selected for the 2005 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour
- A 2005/2006 Canadian Children’s Book Center Our Choice selection
“[Sobat’s] expansive vocabulary is refreshing and the book’s intriguing ending is so innovative that it encourages readers to gather more clues from the novel-and read it again.” – Calgary Herald
“Targeted at older readers, A Winter’s Tale should engage fans of the genre and have them look forward to Sobat’s final volume of Ingamald’s journey. Recommended.” – CM- Canadian Review of Materials
“It is very rare to see such beautiful and poetic prose in books for adolescents. Her choice of diction and use of accents adds a unique flavour to her novel, allowing the reader to truly feel as if they have been transported back to a distant world still filled with magic.” – Children’s Book News