I’m Jean Mills, the author of  Skating Over Thin Ice (Red Deer Press, June 2018). I invite you to explore — my writing journey, my Writer’s Life blog, musical tidbits from the life of Imogen St. Pierre in Genny’s Playlist, and more. Welcome!

Skating Over Thin Ice has been nominated for an Ontario Library Association 
Forest of Reading Red Maple Award!

Here’s what REVIEWERS are saying about Skating Over Thin Ice:

“Skating Over Thin Ice is a wonderful read which is inspiring and uplifting.

It is refreshing to read a young adult novel which focuses on talent and growth and finding happiness rather than the dark issues and themes which are so often confronted in young adult literature.

Mills has created characters who resonate and who will be remembered long after the covers of the novel have been closed.” – CM: Canadian Review of Materials


“This quiet novel follows Imogen’s slow growth without resorting to loud emotional outbursts or jarring strife, and the relationship between Nathan and Imogen is more friendship than romance.”

“Different and moving.” – Kirkus


“Mills shines a harsh spotlight on the life of both young elites—expectations, grueling practice regimes, media pressure—and the tough emotional and physical toll it takes. A fairly slow-paced, psychologically probing look at what it takes to be the best.” – Booklist


Here’s what READERS are saying about Skating Over Thin Ice:

Skating Over Thin Ice, by Jean Mills, is a breath of fresh air in a YA market saturated with dark, post-apocalyptic content.  As someone who dedicates ten months of the year to looking for new literature that opens worlds, holds up a mirrors, or inspires kids to keep reading, I believe Skating Over Thin Ice has definitely made the cut.

Expertly written and highly charged, Skating Over Thin Ice has restored my faith that there are people out there who, like me, believe that kids these days are inherently good.  They just have a lot going on.” – Carey Gallagher, Assistant Upper School Head and Upper School English Teacher at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School, Breslau, Ontario


“Beautiful lyrical language that brings Imogen’s character to life through music. A well-crafted story that I know I’ll continue to inhabit for a long while even though I’ve already finished the book.” – Lisa Dalrymple, author of numerous books for kids including Jungle Jitters (Orca Books) and Fierce: Women who Shaped Canada (Scholastic Canada)


“I started reading and couldn’t put it down. It was such a pleasure to read such wonderful writing–and I loved the characters so much.” – Heather Wright, writer/editor, writing coach and author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens