Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“When country girl Claire is scouted by a charismatic Russian skating coach, she goes from cow pond to Lake Placid, and from hicksville to potential stardom. But can Claire survive not just the hard work, but also the ultra-competitive 'mean girls on ice' she's suddenly up against? This one is for anyone who likes 'fish out of water' stories, 'a star is born' stories, or just plain fun stories.”
— Jennifer Laughran, Books Inc., San Francisco, CA
For Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her family's farm. But all that changes when Russian skating coach Andrei Grosheva offers Claire a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake Placid. Tossed into a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything, Claire realizes that her sweet dream come true has sharper edges than she could have imagined. Can she find the strength to stand up to the people who want to see her fail and the courage to decide which dream she wants to follow?
About the Author
Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She teaches middle school in New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.