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Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
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Dec 07, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Michelle’s review of “Ballet Shoes” reminded me of this series. I first read “Skating Shoes” when I was about ten, and was thoroughly enchanted. Thin little “ginger-haired” Harriet is made to take up ice skating to strengthen her legs, after a long illness has left them spindly. She becomes a companion to rich little pampered little Lalla, who has been skating since she was three. Lalla’s ambitious aunt is pushing her up through the ranks to make her a gold-level skater at the earliest possible age, so she can go on to become the world champion. And Harriet is expected to stay in Lalla’s shadow and never progress beyond the preliminary rank. You can see where this is leading, and it’s lots of fun. There are wonderful insights into British culture of the early 50's, which were way over my head the first time around.
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