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Sugar and Ice

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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 re ...more
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Published December 1st 2010 by Walker & Company
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Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They say to write what you know. We’ve all heard that line. It’s bounced about countless writing groups. But there’s an unspoken rule amongst children that’s as pervasive as it is harmful: Read what you know. If you’re a soccer fan, only read soccer books. If you like ballet, get a whole bunch of ballet books. Librarians, teachers, and parents can spend countless hours fighting against the sometimes innate understanding some children have acquired that dictates that they can’t read about anythin ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Kate Messner's new novel, Sugar and Ice, while at the IRA conference in Chicago. I got it on Monday and began reading it immediately. I was so taken by the main character, Claire that I ended up staying up until the early hours of the morning to finish.

Claire is the kind of student I love having in class. A good friend, interested in school (especially math), and kind to her family. She is lucky enough to receive a scholarship to train at Lake Placid for ice s
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skating-books
I'm not gonna do a "A thrilling story of..." like I did for Skate School, because this one was actually pretty good.

It was about Claire Boucher's troubles as she is selected to train at a rink with a really good coach. There are girls who are mean to her, her coach expects her to be better than she is, and she barely ever sees her best friend.

You identify with the characters more than Skate School, and it's far more realistic. There is a "How many revolutions?" scenario about half way through, b
A convincingly told story about a 7th grader who unexpectedly earns a scholarship for intensive figure skating training at Lake Placid. In addition to the physical and mental challenges that accompany such athletic dedication, the author does not ignore the challenges this training has on Claire's schoolwork, friendships, health and on her and other competitors' families. Fans of figure skating will certainly enjoy it. I especially liked how the author portrayed mean girls but also portrayed out ...more
Steph Su
If all middle grade were written as well as this, I think I just might read middle grade forever. Kate Messner’s second novel is just as fun, heartfelt, and engrossing as her first. It sent me in ecstacies of delight over how much I loved it!

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
This book was described to me as mean girls on ice. And it is, but it is also so much more.

The main character Claire is from a small town in New York and loves to skate for fun when, at a show, a Russian coach from Lake Placid offers her a scholarship to train at the Olympic Center. This could change Claire's life, which is why she accepts. This acceptance leads to great sacrifice though- friendships, family time, school, etc. Is it worth it? And on top of that, some of the girls at the center
I adore this book! Kate Messner is a master at creating strong girl characters as role models for middle grader readers. Through Claire, girls can see that being true to who you are, believing in yourself, and treating others how you would want to be treated are cool! Messner doesn't sugar coat the reality of 'mean girls' and the characters' voices and actions ring true from beginning to end. Fantastic book, cover to cover!

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When Claire receives a scholarship to train as a competitive ice skater, she sacrifices time, friendships, and connections to her life at home. Are these sacrifices worth it? Messner, author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, creates another marvelous story about an ordinary girl who faces interesting challenges.
Kate Messner definitely did her homework with this novel. As a long-time fan of figure skating, there's nothing I hate more than reading or watching figure skating portrayed in a novel, movie, or TV show where the writers know nothing about the sport and didn't bother to learn the terminology and vernacular. Bravo Kate Messner. Oh, and she managed to write a compelling story to boot! :)
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book so much! Even with Christmas and other exciting things going on, I couldn't get my eyes off of the pages! Not only does it relate to me in certain ways, but it encourages people to be smart, strong, and laugh. 5 stars!
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a fabulous and entertaining book. It really opened you up into the world of ice skating. It showed you all the drama and the competitiveness. I recommend this book to anyone if you love ice skating or haven't tried it.
Sana El Manahi
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the greatest books EVER written. This author is amazing. I love how she always describes everything so perfectly
Cute, and also a little sad sometimes in ways that I'm not sure are entirely intentional. Claire's twelve, and she skates: it's not what she lives for, but lacing up her hand-me-down skates and stepping onto the ice is one of the things that brings joy into her life. Then she's offered a scholarship to do high-level training, and things change in ways she might not have expected. More ice time than she expected, or necessarily wanted. Less time for school and family and friends. Pressure.

Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie and Angie run a cupcake bakery. Mel's mother askes her to provide cupcakes for a beauty pageant. Mel doesn't want to but it will be good publicity. Mel has a young friend she wants to win the beauty pageant and when the judge that doesn't want her to win is found dead, Mel has to protect her young friend. The off and on of Mel and her boyfriend got old fast and they need to decide, from the ending of the book it won't be soon.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it got really boring after a while
Claire is a 7th grader who lives in a small town on the U.S./Canada border, who seems more than usually responsible and kind, with her willingness to work hard on her family's farm, play Indiana Jones games with her younger brothers, and coach young skaters on the weekends. When she is selected to skate the Maple Show Princess solo at the town's festival, she doesn't know that a Olympic Gold-winning scout, Andrei Groshev, will be in the audience. He is impressed by her talent and offers her a sc ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2016
Claire’s life sounds pretty fun even before she gets offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She lives in rural upstate New York. Her best friend Natalie raises honeybees. She’s a junior coach for the little kids at her skating rink and she gets to skate with Natalie and hang out with her friends.

Claire gets offered an unexpected scholarship to train with a Russian skating coach in Lake Placid through the end of the summer. The scholarship covers all skating costs, but there are still a lot of th
Ms. Mulhern Gross
Earlier this week I finished reading a fantastic middle grade/tween book and I can not recommend it enough. Kate Messner’s Sugar and Ice is a book you should be handing to all of your middle grade readers. It’s just perfect! Reading it, I was transported to Lake Placid and could almost feel the snowflakes in the air and smell the maple syrup on Claire’s family farm.

Claire Boucher loves to ice skate. She skates on the cow pond as soon as it is safely frozen over and she loves coaching the little
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
If I was just rating this book on plot, I would probably have given it a 4, because it is a good story, with interesting issues. Claire Boucher is a typical small town girl from Mojimuk Falls. She loves skating and math and her friends and family. When she's not skating on the nearby cow pond or teaching little kids how to ice skate, she's spending time with her friend Natalie or helping out at her family's business, which is tapping trees for maple syrup and running a small pancake house.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner, Claire Boucher has always dreamed of being part of a professional competition. The simple maple tree family barn and skating on the frozen cow pond changes when she's offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity— a scholarship to train with the elite skaters in Lake Placid. She's tossed into a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything. Claire soon realized that her perfect dream isn't so easily accomplished. Although she's lost her best friend, fe ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous story. Within the first three paragraphs, I was already exclaiming to my dogs, who love to hear about the books I’m reading, about the incredible voice in this book. I could hear Claire and her mom talking in the sugarhouse, smell the sweet maple syrup cooking, and feel the chill in the air. The imagery was beautifully done.

As was the story itself. Claire is offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with an awesome coach and skaters who are the cream of the crop. Despite some
Sugar and Ice Author: Kate Messner Genre: Fiction
Claire Butcher loves skating. It's her life. But she also helps her parents in their maple farm. Claire gets her chance of getting a full scholarship in Lake Placid when a Russian skating star Andrei Groshev's sees her perform in the annual Maple show. At first she is confused of what to do but when she tells her family they all tell her how this is a chance of a lifetime and they give her encouragement to try it out. Throughout the story Claire e
Booktalk: All most people can think of in Mojimuk Falls is how to escape, but Claire loves her small, rural, New York town . She loves her family’s maple sugar farm, she loves her best friend Natalie, she loves doing math league at school, but most of all she loves ice skating. Whether it’s skating club with Natalie, junior coaching, or just skating on the cow pond, Claire feels at home and free when she’s on the ice. What Claire doesn’t love is competitions. Even though she’s the best skater in ...more
Mary Ann
Do you ever wonder how hard to push your child to follow their dream? If they had an opportunity to really pursue an interest, how much would you encourage them to do that - whether it was training with an outstanding coach, or taking extra classes. Sugar and Ice, a new novel by the wonderful author Kate Messner, explores one girl's decision to follow her love of ice skating and accept a scholarship to a prestigious training center. A wonderful holiday present would be to give Sugar and Ice alon ...more
Ashley G.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner is about a young girl who works with her parents to make syrup. Claire Marie Boucher is a skater and boils maple sap. She works with kids and skates for a few shows, such as the Fall Maple Show. When she skates and lands a double, someone from Lake Placid, offers her a scholarship, she doesn't know what to say. Lie, she does, no. She doesn't want to join but what can a little skating really do? When she enters into her first practice, the kids were nice. Who knew th ...more
Jenny W.
Sugar and Ice By: Kate Messner
288 Pages
Realistic Fiction

Have you ever felt like you don't fit in at all? Well meet Claire Boucher. In Claire's life, the only things she needs to think about is Ice Skating on the frozen cow pond and doing work on the farm with her parents. Claire performs at a recital and a talent scout form Lake Placid sees her true talent. The talent scout asks her if she would like to train at Lake Placid with all of the experienced ice skaters. At first she wants to turn dow
Jennifer Wardrip
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Claire has so much going on with her skating, coaching young skaters, school work, working on her family's farm, and hanging out with her friends. One day, all that changes when a famous Russian coach sees her skate at the annual Maple Show. She lands a double toe loop, impressing him greatly.

He offers her a scholarship to skate at the school in Lake Placid for the summer. Claire can't believe it. She almost doesn't take the scholarship. The drive
I picked this up to satisfy a challenge task--which I never completed but decided to read anyway because it looked like a quick read (which it was) and it was laying here so why not? Just a sweet, easy read which has a very strong, likable, moral character who suffers from the same indecision and lack of confidence that almost every teenage girl suffers from. Claire Boucher is a teenage girl who lives with her family in maple country. She loves everything about helping harvest the sap to make ma ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner follows thirteen year old Claire as she receives a scholarship to work with a prestigious figure skating coach. Claire, thrust into this high stress environment has to learn to deal with a crew of backstabbing girls and trying to figure out a way to balance her new schedule with the rest of her life.

Messner does a fantastic job with creating a world that readers can get lost in. Claire's love of skating and her fight for confidence makes her a character that girls c
Abby Ware
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner is a novel about a girl named Claire whose passion is for figure skating. She competes every year for fun at the annual maple show in her hometown. Suddenly, she get offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, a scholarship to train with the elite skaters in Lake Placid. Trying to manage skating, working her family's maple farm and school is hard enough but will this scholarship turn her life around even more?
I thought this was a very realistic novel, Claire dealt wi
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot ...more
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