Skating Over Thin Ice
Red Deer Press
Imogen St. Pierre is an 18-year-old musical prodigy who has been performing with her father and grandfather in the world-renowned Trio St. Pierre since childhood. She lives in a musical bubble, guided and protected by her loving Papa and Père, happy as long as she is at the piano, detached and sometimes even unaware of the world and people around her. She is a celebrity who craves anonymity.
But Imogen’s world is beginning to shift and change. Into her life comes a new classmate, Nathan, a young hockey player who is battling his own celebrity after a violent incident in an international hockey game. At the same time, Trio St. Pierre collaborates with a rising musical star who is pressuring Imogen into joining his new ensemble. Most worrying, the future of Trio St. Pierre becomes murky as Père’s fingers begin to falter.
Things are changing, and Imogen fears change. When she, her closest friend, Fredrik, and hockey boy Nathan are thrown together for a school Media Studies project, her world begins to expand, and Imogen finally discovers she is capable of making choices and finding her own path, outside the musical bubble of Trio St. Pierre.
Some earlier publications….
My first books were published for the educational market, thanks to Nelson Canada. After they went out of print, I published them through my own imprint, Pugwash Publishers, to meet the demand from teachers who wanted to use them in their Language Arts programs. Along with these Nelson Novels, I added a few titles to the Pugwash Publishers list.
If you’re interested in reading any of these books, you may be able to find them in your local library, or you can contact me to ask about ordering them, using the form on the Contact page.
Wild Dog Summer
Nelson Canada, 1990; Pugwash Publishers, 2004
Thirteen-year-old Betty Jane Kelsey and her family are still reeling from the loss of her brother, Joe, in a drinking and driving accident a year ago. And the boy who was driving, Joe’s best friend, Craig Hannaford, is a constant reminder of all the family has lost.
It’s summer, and a pack of wild dogs are roaming the fields around the town of Rosehill. As B.J. wanders the fields and trails, trying to make sense of life without Joe, she discovers that she and Craig may have found a way to make things better – including healing her mother’s devastating grief.
Nelson Canada, 1991
Staying with relatives she has never met is not Anna’s idea of a fun way to spend the summer. Particularly when she encounters her bad-tempered cousin Laird, who is none too happy to meet her either.
But it’s a summer of discovery for Anna. She finds out that her love of fiddle music isn’t an accident, and her connection to relatives alive and gone is strong – a legacy of music and family connections.
Abby and the Curling Chicks
Pugwash Publishers, 2003
Abby Chisholm has no interest in curling, but when her mother makes a deal with her – a season of junior curling at the local club in exchange for registration at a summer writing camp – Abby reluctantly agrees to give it a try.
So begins a season of playing with her best friends on a team, The Curling Chicks, where she meets some challenges both on and off the ice and learns what sportsmanship really means.
The Toymaker’s Son
Pugwash Publishers, 2005
Linden Flanders is a shy, troubled 15-year-old boy with a lot on his mind.
From the time his mother was killed in a car accident years earlier, his family has been disoriented and lost. His father, distant and grieving, doesn’t approve of Linden’s hockey aspirations, and his older sister, Ardith, tries desperately to create a normal home life for her shattered family. Awkward and silent, Linden seems to come alive when he puts on his skates and hits the ice with his best friend, Thomas.
But when Ardith launches a plan to save some local woods from being demolished by a developer, and Linden finds himself befriended by Cassie McKay, the daughter of Ardith’s adversary, the trouble begins. Linden’s loyalty is tested, and he finds himself caught up in events that force him to make some important choices about what – and who – matter most to him.
The Toymaker’s Son is a sequel to Wild Dog Summer.
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