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Joan E. Ford.

Toronto, Gage Publishing, c1983.
(Jeanpac series).
127pp, paper, $2.95.
ISBN 0-7715-7009-0.

Grades 5 and up.
Reviewed by Margaret Montgomery.

Volume 11 Number 5.
1983 September.

Good light-weight fiction in the new Jeanpac series. Skate Like the Wind attempts to tell the story of a skating competition from the point of view of the young competitor. Lindy is a normal thirteen-year old girl, who happens to be involved in competitive figure skating and is in the Canadian Championships in Ed-monton. She and her mother along with her coach fly to Edmonton, stay in a hotel, practise, and compete. Lindy thinks how hard this is on her father and brother back home in Ottawa; she misses another girl who has been injured and cannot compete this time; she comes to know a fiercely competitive "skating mother" and the unfortunate daughter. There is also a touch of romance when Lindy renews an acquaintance with a boy who is also a skater and has a couple of dates with him.

This book appeals to youngsters who are in the ten to thirteen age bracket; it is easy to read with lots of conversation and little description. The skating talk is easy to follow and adds interest; there should be special appeal to the many youngsters who have done some figure skating themselves. Lindy's mother and coach are sensible people, but we see the other side of the coin too in the "mean" mother of the champion.

This story hums along briskly; characterization is shallow but clear; descriptions of the setting are kept to a minimum. This title and this series should be successful.

Margaret Montgomery, West Vemon E. S., Vernon, BC.
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