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How Figure Skating Works

by Keltie Thomas
illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

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winter sports, olympics
list price: $12.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 2009
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
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One of the most popular Winter Olympic sports in the world, figure skating’s appeal lies in its combination of gymnastic grace, athletic accuracy and creative expression — all with a hint of personal drama! Both women and men, as singles and in pairs, have thrilled as competitors in this sleek sport. Now their mysteries and histories are explained in How Figure Skating Works, a How Sports Work book. How Figure Skating Works has facts, figures, and fun for everyone — from the rookies of the rink all the way up to triumphant triple lutzers. Great insider information includes how certain ice surfaces can improve a skater’s performance; how figure skates are designed to allow skaters glide, stop, twist, and turn with breathtaking ease; a catalog of the most inventive (and strangest) moves in the sport from camels to salchow; and stories of the greatest partnerships and rivalries in skating history. Brilliant illustrations and captivating photos of professionals from all eras grace the book’s pages. Engaging text includes "Skate Bite" factoids, highlights from the pros, and tips for improving performance. In addition, "Legends on Ice" introduces young fans to some of the most inspirational skaters in history and a "Rules and Regs" section at the back of the book provides all of the terms and need-to-know information to make any reader a master of figure skating basics.

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Editorial Reviews

...the illustrations and the pictures are colorful and informative...a very thorough book.

— Resource Links

This engaging introduction will be welcomed by both newcomers and fans of the sport.

— School Library Journal

Keltie Thomas has done it again. Not only is this book an excellent how-to manual for the beginning skater, but it also is a delight for anyone interested in the sport of figure skating…This exciting and humorous book is entertaining and will certainly be enjoyed by both children and adults over and over again.

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

…the perfect skating book for kids age 8 to 12 who love the sport…In my books, this one’s a gold medal winner!

— The Muskokan

Despite being packaged for kids, the book is full of fascinating scientific and historical facts that any adult can enjoy...How Figure Skating Works would be a great gift for any young (or young at heart) skating fan.

— BootandBlade.com
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About the Authors

Keltie Thomas

KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.
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Stephen MacEachern

STEPHEN MACEACHERN studied both animation and illustration at the celebrated Sheridan College. His first book, Lights, Camera, Action!, written by Lisa O’Brien, won the White Raven Award. He lives in Erin, Ontario.
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