I read this book when I was a teen and it must have made an impression because I still remember it. Unlike some of the other books featured on Throwback, Snow Bound has had a lot of buzz on Goodreads with 317 ratings and 57 reviews.
I felt it appropos, given the massive snowstorm across the eastern half of the country today, to feature this book. The basic plot is two teens become stranded in a remote area of upstate New York in a snowstorm and must find a way to cooperate with each other to survive. Both are woefully unprepared but somehow find out a lot about themselves.
This is a survival story but it is also a finding yourself and personal growth story. The protagonists, Tony and Cindy, find out a lot about themselves and grow significantly over the course of their experiences. The book is short (144 pages in the paperback) but is gripping and, from multiple reviews, accurately describes the perils of upstate New York in winter if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Harry Mazer wrote 22 novels for young adults, all of which can be characterized as "realistic" fiction. His wife was Norma Fox Mazer, also a prolific author of young adult fiction, including a Newbery Award. Their daughter, Anne Mazer, is also an author.
Snow Bound is recommended for reading in front of a warm fire with the wind howling outside and the snow deep on the yard and fields. It is available on Biblio.com for as little as $3.97.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)