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A classic story by beloved author Streatfeild is back in print. Two girls with little in common other than a love of ice skating forge a fast ... Show synopsis

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Debi  L
by Debi L on Apr 23, 2011

This was the first book by Noel Streatfeild that I ever read, and I have read it several times throughout the years. The story of Harriet Johnson and her family is true to the nuances of competitive skating and to the relationships between children and their family and friends. The portrayal of the Johnson family is right on--a typical British family of the time period. They are a warmhearted group whose devotion to one another and willingness to help others is a fine example to children. I personally find the mannerisms and language charming, and a nice glimpse into English family life. Harriet, the little girl who is urged to begin skating to improve her health, is an appealing child who is determined to master her new sport. Success doesn't spoil her and we cheer as she shows the makings of a champion. Lalla, her wealthy little girlfriend, is more of a stuck-up sort, but she gets a nasty comeuppance and emerges a better person in the end. I would recommend this book very highly, not only for skating fans, but for Anglophiles of any age and anyone who enjoys a pleasant story with a positive moral at the ending.

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