The Winning Edge

by Michele Martin Bossley

Jennie dreams of winning a gold medal but it may take more work than she ever imagined.

Jennie loves training at Richmond Skate, her Calgary figure skating club, but her Olympic dreams always seem impossibly far away. When her coach suggests she's got real talent, however, Jennie's ready to do what it takes to make her dreams real--or so she thinks.

Soon she's trying again and again and again to land her double Axel, and sacrificing her social life for the rink. As the cost of skating success becomes higher and higher, Jennie starts to wonder if being a star is worth what she's losing along the way.

The Winning Edge is an exciting, fast-moving story about a young skater whose ambitions force her to examine what she values most in life.

About the Author

MICHELE MARTIN BOSSLEY was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., but grew up in Calgary from the time she was five. She is the author of ten other childrens books including Taking a Dive runner-up for the R. Ross Annett Award in Children's Literature and The Perfect Gymnast nominated for the 1999 Manitoba Reader's Choice Award. One of her more recent books Pool Princess has been nominated for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Award. Michele has been involved in both synchronized swimming and competitive swimming since her teens. She has also coached young swimmers and draws on much of that experience for her books.

Reviews

"Bossley does a good job of communicating the gritty reality behind the moments of glamour on the ice. She also shows the pressures that those with exceptional talent must face from even well-intentioned parents and coaches. Jennie is a sympathetic character, so unspoiled by her gifts that she is able to see the flaws in her parents' view of her future. Winning is never as important to Jennie as perfecting her skills, and she faces the loneliness of her talent without self-pity. This is a fine book."
Janet McNaughton, Quill & Quire

Awards

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
1998

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