Pairs on Ice, by Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt, tells the story of Jamie Bartlett, 12, as she advances in figure skating. Jamie’s dream is to compete in the Olympics. To accomplish this, she needs to make some changes. Unfortunately these changes include a new partner. As if that’s not enough, her relationship with her mom is not the best, her dad is getting remarried, and she’ll now have a younger brother as well as a stepmom. It’s a lot to handle–on and off the ice!
With Pairs on Ice, Vollstadt has written a middle grade novel that has fully developed characters dealing with realistic situations. She’s used her experience as an ice skating mom to bring the emotional side of competition alive in her book. Jamie is a likable kid. We want her to do well. When she stumbles or faces an obstacle, we feel her disappointment. When life gives her a bit too much to handle, we share her struggle. Most of all, we want to see her through to the end.
Liz is a friend, as well as an outstanding writer and friend. Don’t take my word for it. See what the reviewers have to say!