Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sugar and Ice

What would you do if you were an ice skater given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train in Lake Placid, NY? The obvious answer is to shout "Hurray!" and start skating. But choices aren't always that clear. How much would you be willing to give up for that incredible opportunity? Time with her family on their farm? Friends? Parties? Math competitions?

These are the decisions that Claire Boucher must make in Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner.

Very good book. At 271 pages, it is a bit long for Joliet Reads. I think the sports emphasis compensates for it having a female protagonist. It also raises some interesting questions about the price of fame (and the pursuit of excellence) - things to think about during the 2012 Olympics!