Esperanza Flores is "America's Hope for the Gold!" in this sweet novel about a figure skater who gets the chance to achieve her Olympic dreams.
After years of practice and competitions, of sit spins and perfect poses and thrillingly high jumps, Esperanza Flores will be skating for the United States. But with the excitement of an Olympic shot comes new attention - and BIG distractions.
Suddenly Espi can't go out with her friends, or even out her back door, without reporters and autograph-seekers following her every move. The other U.S. figure skaters have a lot more international experience, and they let Espi know they don't think she's ready. And Hunter Wills, the men's figure skating champion, seems to be flirting with her, even as the press matches her up with Danny Morrison, the youngest - and maybe cutest - member of the U.S. hockey team.
In the midst of all this, Espi is trying to master an impossible secret jump that just might be her key to a medal. Can she focus enough to shut out the drama, find her edge over the competition, and make the Olympics as golden as her dreams?
Reviews and Awards
2015 Children's Choices List
“Freitas, a former competitive gymnast, writes perceptively of behind-the-scenes drama among elite athletes, and readers will appreciate her explanations of figure skating scoring intricacies. Sure to be popular with skating fans and those following this year’s Winter Olympics.” - Booklist
“An admirable heroine navigates a difficult path to fame and fortune in a tale that will appeal to those looking for a lavish serving of romance along with an interesting backstage glimpse of the international skating world.” - Kirkus Reviews
“A cozy accompaniment to the Winter Olympics.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Readers will eagerly follow Espie’s arduous and dramatic road to the Olympics and her final performance, cheering her on to the inevitable but entirely satisfying conclusion.” - School Library Journal
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Miriam Altschuler Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes