The Bottom Line
In the story, the book's heroine experiences some tough things, but she gets through them. The book may help readers of all ages learn about good sportsmanship and what it takes to be a serious competitive figure skater. This book is a "good read" for anyone who loves figure skating.
- This book is one of the most accurate and "true to life" fictional books about competitive skating.
- Published by Sporting Chance Press in May of 2010
- Written for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, but will appeal to people of all ages.
- The author is Nicolette House, a figure skating coach and former international ice dance competitor.
- 192 pages
Guide Review - Review of "Maddie Takes the Ice" - A Figure Skating Book by Nicolette House
Madison Albright is one of the best figure skaters at Chicago's Arctic Circle Figure Skating Club. She is told by many people that she is the favorite to win Regionals and Junior Nationals. She has a supportive family and good friends, but one of the skaters at her home rink is jealous of Maddie and bullies her. Her coach is tough on her and does not understand the pressure that Maddie faces.
At the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships, which takes place in Minnesota, nerves set in, and Maddie skates badly. She does not qualify for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. Her disappointment is so great that she considers quitting skating. Just as that is about to happen, Maddie gets an offer to go to "Junior Nationals" anyway, since another competitor who qualified has to drop out of the competition due to injury.
After deciding to take part, Maddie, her mother, and coach travel to Washington D.C. for the Junior National event. Through hard work and perseverence, Maddie overcomes nerves and pressure. She skates well at Junior Nationals. As the story progresses, she realizes how fortunate she is to be a competitive figure skater, and to have such a great family, coach, and friends.
This book is one of the most accurate and "true to life" fictional books about competitive figure skating. It not only will inspire, but will also give those interested in the sport some insight on what it takes to be a competitive figure skater. Readers will also get a "first hand" look at what it is like to go to both a regional and a junior national figure skating competition through Maddie's and her mother's eyes. Although the book is geared for children, adults will also enjoy the story.