Breaking the Ice by Gail Nall @gailecn

btiKaitlin has big dreams. As a 12-year-old figure skater she dreams of competing in the Olympics. Kaitlin has worked really hard and is one of the only girls her age who can land the double axel. She also dreams of going to a regular school like all the other kids, but for the time being, Kaitlin is home schooled so she can spend more time training at the rink.

When she receives poor scores in a competition, Kaitlin, who is usually quiet and polite, throws a tantrum. She tells the judges exactly what she thinks and then accidentally topples the table of trophies. A major skating taboo. As a result, her highly regarded coach drops her and she’s kicked out of the premier skating club. The only rink that would have her is the Fallton Club, which the other skaters jokingly refer to as the Fall Down Club.

Much to her surprise, she makes some new friends, including a cute, swishy hair boy who calls her Double Axel. She has some new experiences at the rink – both good and bad. But, her biggest challenge is learning a completely new program set to tango music in just a few short weeks. Her new coach tries everything to get her dig deep and add more feeling into her routine and she draws on her new experiences to do just that.

This contemporary novel shows the pressures of being a competitive athlete along with the social challenges of any pre-teen — first crush, mean girls, stage moms and discovering real friendships. Breaking The Ice is a great books for girls ages 9-12. And, after reading it, they might just want to lace up some skates and head to the rink.





What Percentage of Children Are Reading Ebooks?

It’s no surprise that the sale of ebooks continues to increase. In a 2014 Pew Research study, 69% of adults read an ebook in the past year. But what percentage of children are reading ebooks vs. traditional books?

IMG_0759The number is actually higher than I expected. Given that most schools still have traditional libraries, the scholastic flyers come home monthly, and the book fairs are a big hit with kids, I would have thought that the number would still be quite low. Not to mention the accessibility of e-readers and other electronic devices for reading books.

In a 2013, Scholastic Study, the number of children reading ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. Here are the highlights from the study. You can find the complete study here: Scholastic Study.

  • The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
  • Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%).
  • Half of children age 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.
  • Seventy-five percent of kids who have read an ebook are reading ebooks at home, with about one in four reading them at school.
  • Seventy-two percent of parents are interested in having their child read ebooks.
  • Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.
  • Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling; print is better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.
  • Fifty-eight percent of kids age 9–17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available – a slight decrease from 2010 (66%).

One significant statistic is that 80% of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print. Imagine that, print books are fun.

In another study by The Telegraph, “Parents are buying ebooks for their children in growing numbers as experts say a new generation may become more used to reading from an iPad or Kindle screen than from a traditional book.” You can find the complete study here: The Telegraph

The article also stated another study showing that children aged 10 and under tend to read e-books on laptops rather than handheld devices, however once they turn 11 they embrace e-readers like the Kindle.

Jo Henry, a director of Bowker Market Research, which carried out the study, said: “The e-book market is developing rapidly in all age groups. Children are big consumers of books and it is essential to plot their take up of this format.”

Although the statistics are a couple of years old, the article predicts that sales will continue to increase. Joan Brady, the Whitbread-prize winning author, thinks the sale of ebooks will never replace paper books completely. She states, “My feeling is that this will peak. It has not peaked yet but it will and then it will then go down.”

Some feel that the accessibility of e-readers and other handheld devices are encouraging children to read more. I can agree about the convenience factor, however, I strongly feel that it’s great stories that will keep kids reading.

For authors who you want to get their books into the hands of young consumers, publishing ebooks alone is still going to have limited reach — for now. But, as much as our kids embrace technology, you have to wonder if they will eventually be reading everything electronically.

Next to be obsolete . . . the pencil?


Double Vision by F.T. Bradley @FTbradleyauthor

Does your middle grade son like modern day adventure stories with lots of boy humor? Of course he does, that was rhetorical question.

3ee8d60f14856eca5afb5a5496c51bef_16xq_vptnAuthor F.T. Bradley delivers humor, adventure, mystery and mayhem in her middle grade trilogy Double Vision. Linc Baker is an unintentional trouble maker. He’s good at, “Racing Mania Eight. Skateboarding. Eating ten fries in one bite and getting into trouble.” He also happens to be a natural at being a secret agent which is very convenient because he looks just like the real secret agent Benjamin Green. The two agents are part of the Pandora secret spy agency and they search for dangerous doubles. Each book takes place in a different city – Paris, Washington D.C. and the new Double Vision to be released in October will take place in Los Angeles.

My son and I really enjoyed these books. The voice is so middle grade boy and so witty.

For more information about the Double Vision Trilogy visit http://www.doublevisionbooks.com