Double Twist (Going for the Gold Series)

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Twelve-year-old Laura Lee and her thirteen-year-old partner, Patric, have their sights set on the Junior Pair skating championship at the Montreal Grand Prix. After months of preparation, they are almost ready for the performance of their lives. Well drilled in their lifts and spins, the two skate like a dream together. But a training accident puts Patric out of action. Laura's dreams are shattered —unless she can find a new partner at the last minute. Laura has seen a boy at the rink with natural talent but no ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Laura Lee and her thirteen-year-old partner, Patric, have their sights set on the Junior Pair skating championship at the Montreal Grand Prix. After months of preparation, they are almost ready for the performance of their lives. Well drilled in their lifts and spins, the two skate like a dream together. But a training accident puts Patric out of action. Laura's dreams are shattered —unless she can find a new partner at the last minute. Laura has seen a boy at the rink with natural talent but no training. Can Scott turn into the perfect partner in just two weeks?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753460238
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Series: Going for the Gold Series
  • Pages: 132
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna King is the alter ego of Jenny Oldfield, a best-selling author of children's series fiction, including the Horses of Half-Moon Ranch series. More than one million copies of her books have been sold around the world.

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Chapter One

"Most kids spend their summer holiday sunbathing on a beach in Spain,"

Jack Lee muttered to his younger sister Laura. "So how come you're standing here shivering at the side of an ice rink?"

"Because I'm a child star!" Laura said with a grin. "A genius on ice!"

"Says Mum." Laura waited impatiently for the public session to end so that she could skate onto the ice for her private coaching lesson with Vera Mozer while Jack went to play soccer. Their mum was due to pick her up later.

"Where's Patrick?" Jack wondered out loud.

"Don't worry—he'll be here." Laura watched the little kids on the ice. They whizzed around the rink like demons, in and out of the grown-ups, who wobbled and crashed down like dominoes. One or two older kids tried out turns and spins, taking the whole thing more seriously. "Patrick's never late,"

she added.

"Where are your folks?" Jack asked.

"Mum and Dad? They dropped me off and then went to the bank. They'll be back in a few minutes."

"So is it okay if I head off?"

up biting the dust. A middle-aged woman squealed as she went down,

smack on her bottom. "Oops!"

"Don't laugh!" Patrick bit his lip and looked away.

"She's down! Now she's up and brushing the ice off herself. . . . Oops, she's down again!" Eventually, the poor woman made it to the edge of the rink and clung onto the rail. "Why isn't she at home watching TV and knitting woolly scarves for her grandkids?"

"Laura!" Patrick shook his head, glad when the siren sounded for everyone to clear the ice. At least now Laura wouldn't be able to make fun of the old ladies.

"Lighten up!" Laura giggled, saying hi to a couple of kids she knew from school as they came off the ice. "Hey, Georgina! Hey, Abi!"

"Are you here to practice?" Abi asked as she bent down to take off her skates.

"Yep. Why?"

"Just wondered if you wanted to join us at the café."

"Thanks. I'd love to, but we've got a big competition coming up. Gotta keep on practicing those twizzles!"

"Poor you!" Abi grinned. "Where are you jetting off to this time?"

"Montreal, in just under a month."

"Canada?" Abi's jaw dropped. "Wow!"

"Junior Grand Prix," Patrick chipped in. "We're in the running for a medal if we work hard."

"Well, good luck!" Abi said to Laura and Patrick. "Wow, Canada . . . cool!"

"Laura, you need more leg and foot extension in that third section!" Vera's eagle eyes didn't miss a thing. "Patrick, you were too close to the boards on the synchronized leg swing!"

"Sorry!" Laura told her partner under her breath. They'd been working nonstop for an hour, and her concentration was beginning to dip. "This compulsory section isn't my thing."

"We've still got to get it right," he insisted. "Let's do it one more time."

They took up their positions in the center of the empty rink. Their coach watched from the barrier. "I'm asking a lot of you with this paso doble," she called. "You have to dance exactly to the beat and keep the Latin spirit going, while getting those twizzles right and leading smoothly into the lift at the same time. Okay, try again!"

"Laura, your foot was loose on that diagonal sequence. Patrick, you overrotated on the landing of that double throw loop!" Once more Vera picked up every tiny error and bellowed out across the ice. It was what you'd expect from a woman who had been an Olympic ice-dancing gold-medal winner herself. She never let you get away with one single thing.

"Good!" Vera called.

"Whoa!" Laura gasped. She relaxed her position and gave her mum a quick wave. "Patrick, I think we just did the whole thing without one mistake!"

He nodded happily, his gray eyes gleaming, waving at his own mum and dad as he and Laura skated toward Vera to hear her verdict.

Now, go and do it all over again!"

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    DOUBLE TWIST finds Laura and Patrick gearing up to compete in an ice-dancing championship in Montreal. This time, they expect a medal. Their excitement overpowers the strenuous workouts, until an accident ruins their plans. When Patrick goes down, his knee prevents him from dancing again, until after the competition. Laura sinks into depression, until she thinks of a brilliant plan to stay in the competition. <BR/><BR/>During normal skating hours at the rink, Laura spies one boy showing off his footwork. He looks like he has all the right moves, and with a little work, she has a new skating partner. Keeping him as a partner is an entirely different matter. Boys tease him about ice-dancing, but Laura finds a way to make it more appealing. Together Laura and Scott work on a hip-hop ice-dancing routine. The uniqueness of their dancing could ultimately blow up in their faces, but they're willing to work like crazy and have a little fun to try something completely new. <BR/><BR/>This novel is great fun and will be popular with girls looking for more sport books. The book, set in the U.K., is half-Americanized, making the reader wonder exactly where it is located. At the championship, Scott and Laura are announced as the team from the U.K., but it's never revealed beforehand. Words like Mum and soccer make it a little bit hard for the reader to figure out the setting. However, this slight issue did not take away from the enjoyment of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    DOUBLE TWIST finds Laura and Patrick gearing up to compete in an ice-dancing championship in Montreal. This time, they expect a medal. Their excitement overpowers the strenuous workouts, until an accident ruins their plans. When Patrick goes down, his knee prevents him from dancing again, until after the competition. Laura sinks into depression, until she thinks of a brilliant plan to stay in the competition. During normal skating hours at the rink, Laura spies one boy showing off his footwork. He looks like he has all the right moves, and with a little work, she has a new skating partner. Keeping him as a partner is an entirely different matter. Boys tease him about ice-dancing, but Laura finds a way to make it more appealing. Together Laura and Scott work on a hip- hop ice-dancing routine. The uniqueness of their dancing could ultimately blow up in their faces, but they¿re willing to work like crazy and have a little fun to try something completely new. This novel is great fun and will be popular with girls looking for more sport books. The book, set in the U.K., is half- Americanized, making the reader wonder exactly where it is located. At the championship, Scott and Laura are announced as the team from the U.K., but it¿s never revealed beforehand. Words like Mum and soccer make it a little bit hard for the reader to figure out the setting. However, this slight issue did not take away from the enjoyment of the book. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Great!!!

    This book is so good! I love it!!!

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