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Sugar and Ice Paperback – December 6, 2011
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Claire Boucher loves two things: her family's maple syrup farm and competitive ice-skating. So when she gets the chance to train at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Facility with a world-class coach, she is simultaneously terrified and excited. Making the commitment to the sport involves sacrifices--time with her family and best friend, long commutes several days a week--but it's also a dream come true for her.
Or is it? The more Claire immerses herself in the competitive ice-skating world, the more she realizes how cutthroat it is. Some of the girls who train with her would do almost anything to make it big, and Claire must decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice for her ice-skating dreams.
I don't know much about either collecting sap or ice-skating, but SUGAR AND ICE made me wish I were Claire. She is a delightful protagonist, full of love for her friends, family, and passion, but also young enough to experience the vulnerabilities of dealing with new situations. Her love for ice-skating is so inspiring--Kate Messner describes the skating scenes beautifully--that when she is knocked down by the cutthroat attitude of the ice-skating world, it breaks your heart. I constantly wanted to reach into the book and help Claire out a little: no, don't listen to that girl, she's just jealous of you! Skate for yourself and forget about how others might be judging you!
Supporting characters are colorful and varied. In particular, Tasanee, Claire's good training friend, is Asian, and likes to read popular paranormal YA.Read more ›
For Claire Boucher life is pretty simple. Practice skating on the local cow pond. Help out at the small ice skating rink when possible. And for fun, do a segment during the local competition's Maple Festival. All that changes when Claire's routine for fun catches the eye of big-time muckety muck trainer Andrei Groshev. Groshev has a deal for Claire. He's offering her a scholarship to train with other students like herself for huge ice skating competitions. In return, Claire will have to sacrifice the life she's always known. Not a natural competitor, Claire accepts then almost immediately wonders what she's gotten herself into.Read more ›
It seems to me that it would be much more healthy to support a child's love for the activity but even more, the importance of school, family, friendships, fun, a healthy approach to eating and body image, and a balance to life. Claire and all the other girls had to sacrifice all of these and this feels abusive to me. I wish the book had touched on how Claire's parents had felt about it, and been more involved in what was going on with her, but there again, such fanatical "coaching" seeks to separate the child from family, and become more easily controlled. Claire was just twelve, and had to navigate total minefields of unbelievable coaching pressure bordering on psychosis, dealing with jealousy, anger, guilt, judgment of performance and self, including appearance and weight.Read more ›
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My daughter's (10) favorite book. She does read a lot but never reads a book more than once. She has checked this book out at school four times to reread it over again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Denee' G.
This book taught me a lot about confidence and it was such an interesting novel! I recommended everybody in their elementary years and early teens to read itPublished 13 months ago by Nidhi Ramani
Written well enough to keep myself and my 7 yr old figure skater interested until the very end. We read together every night and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Momonthecape
This is my reluctant reader's very favorite book in the world. She is a skater and is now reading the book for a second time - not to mention recommending it to all her friends. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A mom
this book was awesome, I loved it! claire is such a great character with a good personality! I can't believe that it turned out Megan was the mean one, not Alexia, because she... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Haley Ali
I loved this book and my favorite part is when Claire won the skating compatition. It is my my favorite book in the hole intire world! period.Published on April 8, 2014 by maddie ali
My daughter loves this book! She ice skates its the perfect gift for your skater. Love it love it love itPublished on January 15, 2014 by Amazon shopper
I choose the to give this book a five stars rating because it showed a different side that a book like sugar and ice wouldn't have. It was truly amazing story to read. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by 9839