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White Boots by Noel Streatfeild

White Boots (original 1951; edition 1976)

by Noel Streatfeild (Author)

Series: Shoes (7)

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Nine-year-old Harriet Johnson goes ice-skating to strengthen her legs after an illness, befriends Lalla, the orphaned daughter of a great figure skating star, and finds encouragement to become a champion.
Title:White Boots
Authors:Noel Streatfeild (Author)
Info:Puffin (1976), Edition: New Ed, 224 pages
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White Boots by Noel Streatfeild (1951)

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    Alex by Tessa Duder (Aquila)
    Aquila: Set in the 1960s but written in the 1980s, this modern successor to Noel Streatfeild's tales of high achieving kids is a wonderful read.
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    Four Truths and a Lie by Lauren Barnholdt (moonshine19)
    moonshine19: Yeah, this is really different, but you'll love 'em both.

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Originally published as White boots (1951) ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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. Harriet is poor and Lalla rich, but gradually Harriet realises the benefits to her loving family. A nice story, although Harriet's brothers seem a bit artificial and Lalla, at times, rather too spoiled to be real.

Still, a good plot in gentle Streatfeild style, and eminently re-readable, although the ending is - typical for this author - rather abrupt.

This book is also published as 'Skating Shoes'. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Harriet has been ill for a long time, and her family is poor, but the doctor orders her to take up ice skating to strenghten her legs. At the rink, Harriet befriends Lalla, a young prodigy, the daughter of a famous skater who died. While Harriet's family lacks material posessions, it is warm and loving, with parents and siblings. Lalla has a nurse and tutors, but only her aunt for family. Her aunt is determined that Lalla will follow in her father's footsteps. Harriet helps Lalla learn that there might be more to life than skating. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Apr 8, 2014 |
I loved the word choices and each step of the way I was making connections between my own best friends. ( )
  SRaval | Feb 20, 2013 |
Lovely and cosy and infinitely rereadable. ( )
  phoebesmum | Aug 13, 2011 |
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Streatfeild, Noelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cassidy, CathyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosman, MeileinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Floethe, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanford, PiersIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Streatfeild, WilliamAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Even when the last of the medicine bottles were cleared away and she was supposed to have "had" convalescence, Harriet did not get well.
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Nine-year-old Harriet Johnson goes ice-skating to strengthen her legs after an illness, befriends Lalla, the orphaned daughter of a great figure skating star, and finds encouragement to become a champion.

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Two young girls from dramatically different backgrounds meet at an ice skating rink. Nine-year-old Harriet, who comes from a poor family, is practicing skating as physical therapy for her legs after a long illness. Lalla, an orphan, is being raised by her wealthy Uncle David and Aunt Claudia -- who's trying to turn Lalla into a skating champion like her father. The girls become good friends and learn much from each other.
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