White Boots, Paperback
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Harriet must choose between her friend Lalla and her new-found love of ice-skating..."If you pass your inter-silver, I'll tell Aunt Claudia that I don't want to work with you any more." Harriet is told that she must take up ice-skating in order to improve her health.

She isn't much good at it, until she meets Lalla Moore, a young skating star.

Now Harriet is getting better and better on the ice, and Lalla doesn't like it.

Does Harriet want to save their friendship more than she wants to skate?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, (chapter heads)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780007270026



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One of my favorite books of Streatfeild's, Skating Shoes takes you into a world you won't want to leave. The English skating and testing system is explained very well-- all her books are like this, for example the stage license system in Ballet Shoes. The focus equally rests with Harriet and Lalla, two girls from very different backgrounds that are brought together by skating. Harriet, whose doctor suggests skating as a way to build her legs back up after an illness, is enchanted by Lalla, who seems a perfect skater. They become friends, and while Harriet and her brothers envy Lalla's talent and money, Lalla, an orphan who lives with her kind but impersonal aunt, envies Harriet's close-knit family. Harriet and Lalla both struggle with what they want, but the end of the book is satisfactory, though you'll wish it went on. This book is great for all ages, whether as a read-aloud for a six to eight year old or an adult. I loved this book, and I know that you will.

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