Mia (American Girl of the Year Series)
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Mia (American Girl of the Year Series)

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by Laurence Yep, Robert Papp
     
 

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Mia St. Clair is a ten-year-old girl living in upstate New York. She has grown up playing ice hockey wit her three older brothers on the pond behind their house. Mia's got the skills and the scrappiness it takes to be a star hockey player, but she's tired of skating in her brothers' shadows and has decided to follow her heart and pursue figure skating instead.

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Mia St. Clair is a ten-year-old girl living in upstate New York. She has grown up playing ice hockey wit her three older brothers on the pond behind their house. Mia's got the skills and the scrappiness it takes to be a star hockey player, but she's tired of skating in her brothers' shadows and has decided to follow her heart and pursue figure skating instead. Does she have what it takes to grow and compete as a figure skaters?
When a new coach arrives, Mia finds herself gently pushed by the coach at the same time that she's pulled by her brothers. Can she stay true to her heart and follow her own path? Can she hold her own in a world of competitive skating?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Mia St. Clair aims to follow her dreams. Rather than pursue the skating path paved by her older brothers who play hard core ice hockey, Mia strives to become an elegant figure skater. This progressive utopia, told as a first-person narrative, includes common conflicts, such as the financial strain her family experiences as they struggle to pay for her lessons. But Mia's real conflict is within herself. She has difficulty adapting to a new coach, learning how to compete as a solo figure skater, and ultimately pushing herself to improve and be the best figure skater possible. At times, the narrative feels a bit too mature. Mia makes decisions that are wise and well-disciplined beyond her ten years of age. Still, this can be overlooked as Mia's world provides a positive role model for growing girls. The text is a bit longer than most "American Girl" novels, and it includes a nonfiction section entitled "Real Girls, Real Letters" about girls competing in sports and developing their talents. This is the first of two books in the "2008 Girl of the Year" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

In Mia, the 10-year-old trades her hockey gear for figure skates. As a beginner, she isn't the best but she's spunky, hardworking, and truly loves to skate. She doesn't give up and is finally able to perform in her first show. In Bravo, Mia !, she is chosen to go to a regional competition. After setbacks of not being able to afford new skates and a costume and battling her own case of nerves, the child is able to take the ice and give it her all. The second story is more entertaining-Mia as Zuzu the Squirrel, clothing-store mascot, is hilarious. Readers also get a closer look into the world of competitive figure skating. Illustrations for both books look like digitized photos and are mostly of Mia with her family or free skating. While the stories themselves are universal, non-skaters would benefit from visuals of the different jumps and technical moves described in the stories. There is also a description of an ice rink "built to look like a Swiss chalet" that needs a picture. Overall, both stories are well written and fun. Mia is an American Girl whom readers will be cheering for on and off the ice.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593694098
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
American Girl of the Year Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Mia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love american girl books. I picked up ''Mia'' and couldn't put the book down! It is about a ice skater! It is a wonderful book and everyone will enjoy it!
AmericanGirl4Life More than 1 year ago
I love this book! it's perfect for young girls that are figure skaters, who are dealing with the same stuff as Mia such as: friend troubles fearing your not good enough + more!!!l lots of valuable lessons to be learned in this! 5 star rating;]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Its about trying to do your best and find your talent. I think you should get it right away and then read the next. I also love the full-color pictures. Follow my advice and buy it. Then click yes if you like it. P.S.- The next one is called Bravo, Mia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own the mia doll (my first one) I got her at age 7 the book was not vey engaing then, but now 4 years later it is. I recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mia is beautifully written by Mr. Yep. I am a figure skater, and the book is so inspiring, considering mia is younger and better than me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mia is well written. It is perfect for a girl who skates or who is just interested in the world of skating. Actually its just a great book. If you do skate it feels very familiar. It has a character who is driven, hardworking, and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I hope you do too. Great book AG.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a boy so add me boys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it is nice how the american girls get along with their mothers so well. I love american girl books, but I cry because my mom doesn't like me. :,( It really makes me upset. Does anyone have some advice for me to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this teaches kids very well lessons about trying something new is always bad
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter Miena LOVED this book. I got the doll for her too, now she has the complete set! Now my other daughter Dalanie wants the doll now too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got for me and i love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I love you too."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By the way trying something new is not always bad. It is often good
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Lol i like makel more
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hug her everyday and tell her you love her. And maybe make her breakfast on the weekend (if youre able to) or do some chores you can do well around the house without her asking you to and without complaining (and without destroying anything or making a mess). Hope this helps -elijah
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