20/06/2004

White Boots

Children's novel by Noel Streatfeild.

Harriet has been ill, and her doctor recommends ice-skating. He gets her into the local rink free, and her brother Alec starts a paper round to pay for her skate hire since her family are rather poor. Harriet meets Lalla, a rich girl her age who is being trained as a champion skater, egged on by her Aunt Claudia who dreams of grandeur and fame.

Lalla is very spoilt, but loving underneath - and lonely, being an only child. She is thrilled to become friendly with Harriet's family. It's a nice book of family values, showing the importance of ambition and hard work where appropriate. Satisfying ending.

My longer review is called 'Skating Shoes', which is the American title of this book.

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