White Boots Paperback – 5 Jul 1999
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“Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort.”
“Noel Streatfeild is an author who is a true master of her craft.”
Illustrated London News
“White Boots. Author: Noel (Ballet Shoes) Streatfeild. And you know we might very well leave it at that – for what higher recommendation is wanted? Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skilful knack of turning her characters into real people – something which only really good novelists can do. A first-rate book.”
BBC Children’s Hour
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When Harriet is told she has to take up ice-skating, she’s surprised; after all, she knows nothing about skating. And her first trip to the rink is not a huge success – she’s scared even to get on the ice – until Lalla offers to help. Suddenly Harriet and Lalla are friends, and Harriet’s skating gets better and better. Both girls take tests; both pass. Harriet takes another one – is she catching Lalla up, Lalla the child star?
Lalla is furious, and Harriet, in her misery, knows what she must do. To keep Lalla’s friendship, she must fail her next test, on purpose …See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
White Boots is lovely. It's the story of two very different girls and their families who are thrown together by skating. Harriett is recovering from an illness and needs exercise to stop being so 'cotton-woolish'. Lalla is well on her way to being a child star of the rink. As the girls get to know each other, they also develop a deeper understanding of who they are themselves. This is a more nuanced book than 'Ballet Shoes'; the ensemble cast are well-developed with the story unfolding from multiple points-of-view (for example, Harriett's brothers who each have dreams of their own).
This is a great story for any young girl looking for a family story set in a glamorous world.
I wasn't sure if it would even still be in print. Thankfully it is, and is obviously appreciated by many. A great book for any age, but especially for adolescents - proof that if you really set your mind to it you can achieve anything.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harriet has been ill, and is ordered by her doctor to take up ice-skating. She meets and befriends Lalla, trained from babyhood for stardom, and they make friends. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sue
I used to love this book as a kid and was so pleased to find it available for Kindle, having recently taken up ice skating as an adult. The story was just as good as I remembered.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter asked me to buy this book. It is well written book. She loved itPublished 4 months ago by Kevin Delaney
Christmas present for a little friend remembering my own love affair with the book. Big success!!Published 18 months ago by caroline diggle