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Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it

Claire is a smalltown girl who loves to skate. She lives on a maple syrup farm with her large close family and has a best friend named Natalie. She is given what other people refer to as "the opportunity of a lifetime" to train with an Olympic caliber coach. The training isn't the only thing that is tough.
This book got better and better as it went on. Of course, I was hooked by the great writing on page 1 (fabulous example of personification: "Even with the sun shining, spring wasn't ready to climb out of the snowdrifts and shake itself off just yet.) My students will find it easy to identify with Claire as she struggles with commitments and friendships. There were some surprises along the way, but ultimately had a great message for people to follow their hearts and create their own dreams; something that kids need to keep in mind in these days of heavy pressure.

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