Ked is very relatable and I appreciated the themes the book touched on. So, if you, like me, are on the fence about it being the third book in a series you haven't read yet? On Thin Ice is told in a witty but honest first person narrative. I think I shed a few tears because there are some very sad parts-think Wonder by Palacio. Full disclosure: I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series when I picked it up, but I'm happy to say that it reads like a true standalone. To add insult to injury, Ked discovers that his father's gambling addiction is out of control, and they don't have the money for the current month's ren. Brooke and Jake share a terrible secret: Jake takes the fall for a near fatal drowning during a hazing incident for the freshman hockey players on their high school team. I believe the author chose “Thin Ice” as the title of this story because it represents the struggles of the main character Ked. (Or how a near death experience that isn't his breaks Jack, and Aster can't help but try to fix him.) I think of a cold uncomfortable rough situation. Or for her mom to lose herself. Up in the sky,Lina's Granddad has decided to invite her mischievous cousin Jack Frost to give Lina extra tutorials in Winterheart magic. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; among others. A boy, trying all by himself to save his family, all the while being bullied by everyone at school. Her characters always come with quirky personalities and I just can’t resist them. This book also shows how little things can have big impacts like the hump that grew on his back which led to him becoming self-conscious and also led him to stop hanging out with his friends. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. It’s also a novel that I’ve been highly anticipating ever since finishing Breaking the Ice last year. Boy was I wrong. What would he be willing t. Ked used to have friends, but then he discovered that he had a progressive spinal disorder and as his body began to bend his friends slowly backed away (or did he?). Have I mentioned how much I love this series?? It takes place in Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. He can use the school's makerspace to fix it - if he can survive the bullies and the mean goth girl and awkward encounters with one of his old friends. Julie Cross scores a hat trick with the third book in the Juniper Falls series, ON THIN ICE. I had no problem connecting with Brooke and Jake's story, and didn't feel like I was missing any puzzle pieces. Ashley Anowiak is in search of a murderous polar bear that may be real or mythical. This book also shows how little things can have big impacts like the hump that grew. It symbolizes the difficulties Ked is going through like being behind on rent and having no one to talk to. Did not finish - made it about halfway. Brooke was such a strong character. Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought Patsy McCartle is a widow with two sons trying to gather all the money she has to pay for her car, bills, and her son's medication, all of which she can barely afford. This story involves pain and regret. The whole story was interesting and move along nicely. So I decided to give it a go. The book is an uneasy melange of climatology, human interest stories, mountaineering adventure and the history of ancient civilizations. Now Ked learns that his father has gambled most of their rent money and they might be homeless soon. When Brooke Parker’s father goes to jail, she and her mother return to her mom’s home town to live with her grandmother. The conversational text employs authentic dialog and pop culture references, such as Star Wars and superheroes, that will appeal to middle grade readers; using a first-person narrative structure gives kids a window into what it’s like to be shunned by the majority of your classmates for a ph. ON THIN ICE's original cover. On Thin Ice July 30th 2019 by Scholastic E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Ked Eakins lives in the small town of Norton, where the major manufacturing plants are seeing hard times. On Thin Ice is a relatable read for many middle-grade kids in different ways. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He is bullied at school and his mother has left him and his father. Based on a true story. February 26th 2019 It discusses loss and the struggle of mental health, the power of finding yo. This is my first Michael Northrop book. We’d love your help. In the city of Juniper Falls hockey reigns supreme. July 30th 2019 Can he find a way to raise the rent money? “On Thin Ice,” like a number of his books, includes excerpt-stuffed sections that ride the line between history and anthology. Alina Adams Booklist Alina Adams Message Board. As punishment he has to be the assistant coach to the girls hockey team and finds himself drawn to Brooke, a girl who has obviously never played hockey but has some serious talent. But the path to success is thwarted by his nemesis, Landrover Jones, who picks on him because of his back and just because he can. I enthusiastically say. Hockey captain, Jake Hammond, is tasked with helping coach the new girl’s hockey team after being injured during a hazing ritual. It's also hard to keep track of the chronology. A hard but compelling read, the protagonist is going though a tough time and the author does not white wash the situation: bullying, gambling, separated parents, and a rare disorder that would be embarrassing for anyone let alone someone in middle school. I think people who like heart-warming feel-good books will like this book because it shows how even though Ked isn't in a good place in his life he still moves on and persevere. She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come! Be the first to ask a question about On Thin Ice. On Thin Ice An Epic Final Quest Into the Melting Arctic (Book) : Larsen, Eric : In March 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters set out to traverse nearly 500 miles across the melting Arctic Ocean, unsupported, from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. The clear portrayal of what it means to live in a town where hope is a valuable resource will resonate with many readers. This book shows perseverance when Ked is having a hard time in his life. I enthusiastically say, go for it! To add insult to injury, Ked discovers that his father's gambling addiction is out of control, and they don't have the money for the current month's rent or last month's. When his family is in danger of being evicted from their home, Ked takes matters into his own hands by stealing money, making some deals, and utilizing his library and school makerspace. This story was excellent. You can easily read each book as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order. Thin Ice A Mystery (Book) : Shelton, Paige : Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published As his father places all his bets on predicting when the ice will break, Ked comes up with his own money-making scheme. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. First off, I have to be honest here, I don't think the blurb was accurately written. It wasn't because it was a bad book, quite the opposite. by Scholastic. ON THIN ICE's first rerelease cover. When Ked finds out his dad can’t make rent and may not have a home, he tries to take matters into his own hands, and the reader is left guessing how- or if- this quick-paced story will work out in the end. I'm also not. Planning to bring this to our 6th graders. The only thing for certain is that what she discovers will change her life - and her community's - forever. Ice hockey, scintillating romance, heartbreaking family troubles, strong friendship and a soul searching story about standing up for what’s right, On Thin Ice has all the pieces to create a captivating story which I devoured. School is suddenly no longer a safe haven, his former best friends have abandoned him, and his dad has gambled away their rent. Middle Grade Retellings of Classic Novels, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. This value set includes ten copies of the book. “ [E]verything you subtract adds up,” 12-year-old Ked Eakins—aka “Freakins”—remarks, summarizing his life till seventh grade. Ked Eakin is coping with more than his share of misfortune - a father with a gambling problem, an absent mother, a progressive spinal condition that causes him to have a large "hump" on his back, fading friendships and 7th grade bullies, for starters - but more urgent than all of that is making rent. Ked’s story, though very specific in its use of the rare medical condition kyphosis and a host of family issues, will speak to many readers through its themes of family, friendship, and struggling to fit in. This story is suitable for young adults. Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of 13 books for kids and teens, including the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest and the hit graphic novel, “I run through the figures one more time in my head. The layer of ice between regular Jack Frost and the dark waters inside him is thinner than you think. Each book in the series features a different McGregor brother. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I still think this is a standalone. It’s perhaps a little too early to talk, so while she’s dealing with a morning-voice rasp, Beverly Jenkins is doing what she has to... Brooke Parker never expected to find herself in the tiny town of Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Thin Ice A Mystery (Book) : Shelton, Paige : "Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. This was not what the blurb lead me to believe. All of these are interwoven with hockey and a town where boys hockey takes center stage. Although he has gotten used to it, it still hurts, and now that his best friends seem to have abandoned him for the more popular people, it's pretty hard to handle. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published With her mother’s downward spiral into depression Brooke turns to hockey to take her mind of her troubles and joins the brand new girls hockey team. The other couples in the other books do show up in this one, and I liked them so much I will probably go back and read the other ones. In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and set out to explore the inside story of climate research. Police Chief Jesse Stone finds himself in trouble with the Town Council when he inadvertently becomes involved in a shoot-out on a Boston street. When she witnesses a hazing ritual that goes too far, she has local hockey star Jake Hammond seeking her out asking for her silence. The school bully is after him, a lump on his back has made him a social outcast, and his last remaining friend recently abando... see all LIST PRICE $7.95 Not a quick YA read, despite the quick nature of the plot. Life hasn't exactly been a picnic for Ked Eakins in Norton, Maine. In fact, it wasn't until the very end when I put together which couples the previous books revolved around. Great book with a great message about perseverance. What made this one even better was the depth of the story and the topics is touched on that I wasnt expecting. With Eric Stanze, Jeremy Wallace, David Berliner, Tony Bridges. I'm also not sure how many bullies would have such a quick turn around. Lots of sad things happening, didn't see any reason/hope to root for him. I'm interested to get a student's perspective on this one. In the past twenty years alone, the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half. It has a child with a disability that is often not represented and plays to the kids who are mechanically inclined. I have read all of the companion books to this one in the Juniper Falls series by Julie Cross and this one far exceeded all the rest ( which I enjoyed quite a bit). Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His father has a gambling addiction and his job has been reduced to part-time. "Everyone is going through something. I would recommend this to most middle school kids. I kind of devoured it. ON THIN ICE by Michael Northrop ‧ RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2019 A boy with a rare spinal deformity makes a desperate bet to keep his home. I think of a cold uncomfortable rough situation. All Hollywood movies (and even most so-called "independent" films) that reach the public have budgets in the millions of dollars. Joining the new girl’s hockey team means she’s seeing a lot more of Jake and her determination to keep her head down and just get by doesn’t. The climactic scene in which Ked and his bully Landrover work together to escape the icy lake is action-packed, turning a realistic story on its head by adding a survival scene. The conclusion is wrapped up a little too neatly, as well. Although the hazing incident was successfully covered up and scandal was averted, Jake decides that he cannot remain silent any longer and his teammates rally behind him. Ice hockey, scintillating romance, heartbreaking family troubles, strong friendship and a soul searching story about standing up for what’s right, On Thin Ice has all the pieces to create a captivating story which I devoured. Solid teen voice, and plenty of details about rebuilding an engine and using a makerspace. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ked Eakins is dreading middle school. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. They were, however, effective at pushing the plot toward a highly satisfying exposure of the town's toxic hockey culture. For a small investment and much labor, he buys a minibike that needs to be reconstructed, and plans to sell it. It discusses loss and the struggle of mental health, the power of finding your voice and speaking up. Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader, Beverly Jenkins Is Romance's Tough Pioneer—and Its Queen. Refresh and try again. I just found it a difficult to swallow that a kid with no experience rebuilding an engine could get it right on the first try. Some readers may not know much about engines, but Northrup maintains a careful balance between educating readers on the main components, to illustrate the hard work that Ked does in rebuilding it, without becoming boring or too technical. Thin Ice A Mystery (Book) : Shelton, Paige : Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. A lot of the books I'm putting back are ones that I've read too . He knows it's because of his spinal deformity, which is getting worse. I really loved and appreciated this book and am glad to feature it on our upcoming podcast. ISBN: 0425198847 Skating Coach Antonia Wright calls 24/7 Sports Network researcher Rebecca “Bex” Levy to inform her that student is the best young skater in America. I was surprised by how much I liked this. Urgent and stirring, On Thin Ice is both a celebration and a rallying cry on behalf of one of earth’s greatest natural treasures. Thank you netgalley for an arc in exchange for my honest opinion. The book is, not surprisingly, a very good one. I had no problem connecting with Brooke and Jake's story, and didn't feel like I was missing any puzzle pieces. I will have to add this one to a future booktalk. It’s no secret, I’m totally in love with Julie Cross’s books. Start by marking “On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls #3)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I thought I was getting into a sweet, YA romance that would deal with some harder things (the blurb does mention a hazing thing gone wrong), but mostly skirt over the real issue and ultimately end up being a quick read. Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. Middle Grade books are defiantly not my cup of tea. “I'm always really interested in what books people are reading here. To see what your friends thought of this book. I want to say that I don’t secretly enjoy when a book I’m expecting to just act as a lighthearted life buffer turns out to be something m o r e to me. Today they number just 22,000. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. We all deal with those challenges in our own ways. Thin Ice A Mystery (Book) : Shelton, Paige : First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. One gets the sense that he … Told with sensitivity, this well written novel will not disappoint readers who like books by this author as well as those tackling difficult issues. Thin Ice Irene Hannon Book Summary: After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. At the end, there is a good ending which is the best part for me. In the city of Juniper Falls hockey reigns supreme. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of On Thin Ice; Berkley, Oct 2004, 5.99, 256 pp. Her mother is a shell of the person she used to be and Brooke feels totally on her own in this hockey-obsessed town. A middle grade book about a boy trying to help his father make ends meet. Just to be clear, my rating has almost nothing to do with Jake and Brooke's romantic journey. I'm not sure how many 7th graders have the maturity to see beyond themselves and recognize the "person beneath the surface." Still, On Thin Ice is an ode, not an elegy: Ellis reminds us that the extinction of the polar bear—and the disappearance of our ice caps—is not inevitable. I read book one in this series and felt that the middle dragged out a bit, that was 100% not the case with this book. I would hand this one to 5th-7th graders for sure. This story involves pain and regret. What normally would've taken me 3 -4 ish hours to finish - even with as many pages as this book has, took probably double that. Thin Ice is a great addition to the Men of Valor series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, as well. This new book by Michael Northrop is good in a lot of ways. It has Ellis' trademarks of thorough research (there is a typical Ellis bibliography, running 26 pages) and good writing. I have always told my students that you never know what is going on in other people's lives. When she witnesses a hazing ritual that goes too far, she has local hockey star Jake Hammond seeking her out asking for her silence. Welcome back. I thought I was getting into a sweet, YA romance that would deal with some harder things (the blurb does mention a hazing thing gone wrong), but mostly skirt over the real issue and ultimately end up being a quick read. This was a slow start for me, but once I hit the halfway point, it was hard to put down. What made this one even better was the depth of the story and the topics is touched on that I wasnt expecting. The conversational text employs authentic dialog and pop culture references, such as Star Wars and superheroes, that will appeal to middle grade readers; using a first-person narrative structure gives kids a window into what it’s like to be shunned by the majority of your classmates for a physical deformity. I had read and enjoyed the other books in this series, so I was pretty much in from the beginning. Also, the ending was a bit abrupt. Julie Cross continues her Juniper Falls series with On Thin Ice, a young adult, sports romance that perfectly blends first love angst, a dash suspense and a sprinkle of exciting hockey. This book reminded me a lot of Death By Toilet Paper. I was extremely proud of the way the young people in this story banded together to try to fight the corruption and unethical behavior of their coaching staff. and lower middle school children that highlights differences. But when things don't work out, he comes up with a foolhardy plan and almost loses his life. I couldn’t put it down – I’m already excited to read the next book in the series. I just found it a difficult to swallow that a kid with no experience rebuilding an engine could get it right on the first try. I'll admit I'm definitely not the audience for this book, but it was still well written and would resonate with a lot of middle schoolers. Ellis is a master amasser. Ked Eakins aka Freakins just lost his last lunch buddy. It symbolizes the difficulties Ked is going through like being behind on rent and having no one to talk to. In fact, it wasn't until the very end when I put together which couples the previous books revolved around. The idea for ON THIN ICE began scratching for attention at the back of my mind one long ago evening as I watched an ice … With the support of his teacher, Mr. Feig-a kind man who seems clueless as to how to deal with bullies--he stays after school to work on his project while another classmate, Esme, who seems to hate him for no good reason, does the same. Her magic is still under wraps,she hangs out with BFF Claudia every day,and soon their class is taking a field trip to see penguins at the city aquarium! School is suddenly no longer a safe haven, his former best friends have abandoned him, and his dad has gambled away their rent. The protagonist is bright but vulnerable, and is able to examine the greater implications of his actions. In addition, Ked has been living with a rare spinal deformation that he feels is making him social repellent in addition to the school bully's favorite target. Like so many youngsters out there, Ked is skating on thin ice. Refresh and try again. The conclusion is wrapped up a little too neatly, as well. If his others are like this one, I'll probably check out some of his previous titles. This new book by Michael Northrop is good in a lot of ways. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Although the main themes are not new to. Joining the new girl’s hockey team means she’s seeing a lot more of Jake and her determination to keep her head down and just get by doesn’t seem to be working. Directed by Simon Lamb, David Sington. Thin Ice A Mystery (Book) : Shelton, Paige : First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. This was an interesting read. Brooke’s life has fallen apart and she’s been uprooted from Texas to her grandmother’s home in Juniper Falls. I have read book one, Buried Secrets, and have really enjoyed both books in the series. Juniper Falls girls’ hockey, that is. Ked Eakins is known by most at his middle school as Freak. Her mother is a shell of the person she used to be and Brooke feels totally on her own in this hockey-obsessed town. :) I read it in a couple of segments between visiting classes at the local middle school (where I was giving booktalks). To quote Jake: "....the adults in charge of our program failed us. I have read all of the companion books to this one in the Juniper Falls series by Julie Cross and this one far exceeded all the rest ( which I enjoyed quite a bit). The author provides many details on how Ked puts the engine and bike together, and how close he comes to succeeding. Instead of a hockey romance this is about bullying, harrassment, and standing up for what is right. Of course, she also never expected to lose her dad. Her only way of recovery rests in the hands of her children. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. This wasnt just another YA romance where new girl meets handsome popular boy and they live happily ever after. Fiction Life for 12-year-old Ked Eakins isn't easy. They don't have our best interests in mind when they make decisions......" So very, very true when the future of our young athletes can be ruined on the whim of the coaching staff. In JESSE STONE: THIN ICE, Paradise, Mass. Can he find a way to raise the rent money? It finds a way to move the romance along but in a way that the other morals and lessons go by the wayside. Pretty good YA book. By also describing the work of other students, the author successfully incorporates the maker movement into a book for kids by showing a variety of ways to ‘make’ and the projects’ real-world impacts. On Thin Ice (Book) : Krulik, Nancy E. : In two stories, a magic wind changes Katie Carew into Olympic skating star Kerry Gaffigan, and then into Kerry's boyfriend, a famous snowboarder who … Summary: Because 300 years of issues don't just disappear, no matter how much magic you have. I was extremely proud of the way the young people in this story banded together to try to fight the corruption and unethical behavior of their coaching staff. The movies are based on the best-selling series of books by Robert B. Parker.