Kaitlin has always dreamed of being a champion figure skater, and she s given up a lot to pursue her passion. Read more...
Kaitlin has always dreamed of being a champion figure skater, and she s given up a lot to pursue her passion. But after she has a totally uncharacteristic tantrum at a major competition, she s dropped by her coach and her prestigious skating club.
When no other club will have her, she s forced to join the ridiculed and run-down Fallton Club, jokingly referred to as the Fall Down Club. At first Kaitlin thinks this is a complete disaster, but after meeting some of the other skaters including a boy who happens to have the most perfect hair she s ever seen she realizes it might not actually be so bad.
Yet learning a whole new program right before regionals is a huge challenge, and when she realizes that all the other area skaters target Fallton for pranks, she begins to wonder if joining the Fall Down Club has any upsides."
- ISBN-13: 9781481419116
- ISBN-10: 1481419110
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Homeschooled 12-year-old Kaitlin lives for figure skating and dreams of reaching the Olympics one day, but when she melts down at a competition—shouting at the judges and accidentally ruining a display of medals—she is kicked out of her skate club. The only club in town that will take Kaitlin is the down-on-its-heels Fallton Club, whose welcoming attitude she quickly comes to appreciate. Kaitlin, who is usually meek (she has no idea where that meltdown came from), must learn to allow passion into her routines, as well as to speak up for herself, if she wants to achieve her goals of becoming a great skater, attending school, and making friends outside of the skating world. Debut author Nall effectively traces Kaitlin’s quest to find herself and navigate relationships with the skaters she meets at the Fallton Club, including cute bad boy Braedon, loyal new friend Miyu, and mean girl Addison. Secondary characters are fairly two-dimensional, but Kaitlin’s growth feels genuine, and Nall’s descriptions of skating and competition will hold readers’ attention. Ages 8–12. Agent: Julia Alexandra Weber, J.A. Weber Literaturagentur. (Jan.)