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Children's Nonfiction Winter Sports

How Figure Skating Works

by (author) Keltie Thomas

illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
Winter Sports, Olympics
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


One of the most popular Winter Olympic sports in the world, figure skating’s appeal lies in its combination of gymnastic grace, athletic accuracy and creative expression — all with a hint of personal drama! Both women and men, as singles and in pairs, have thrilled as competitors in this sleek sport. Now their mysteries and histories are explained in How Figure Skating Works, a How Sports Work book. How Figure Skating Works has facts, figures, and fun for everyone — from the rookies of the rink all the way up to triumphant triple lutzers. Great insider information includes how certain ice surfaces can improve a skater’s performance; how figure skates are designed to allow skaters glide, stop, twist, and turn with breathtaking ease; a catalog of the most inventive (and strangest) moves in the sport from camels to salchow; and stories of the greatest partnerships and rivalries in skating history. Brilliant illustrations and captivating photos of professionals from all eras grace the book’s pages. Engaging text includes "Skate Bite" factoids, highlights from the pros, and tips for improving performance. In addition, "Legends on Ice" introduces young fans to some of the most inspirational skaters in history and a "Rules and Regs" section at the back of the book provides all of the terms and need-to-know information to make any reader a master of figure skating basics.

About the authors

KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.

Keltie Thomas' profile page

Stephen MacEachern attended Sheridan Institute for animation and illustration and has taught in the illustration program there. He is a Web and print designer as well as an illustrator. He has illustrated more than ten children's books. He lives in Erin, Ontario.

Stephen MacEachern's profile page


  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award

Editorial Reviews

Despite being packaged for kids, the book is full of fascinating scientific and historical facts that any adult can enjoy...How Figure Skating Works would be a great gift for any young (or young at heart) skating fan.

...the illustrations and the pictures are colorful and informative...a very thorough book.

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Keltie Thomas has done it again. Not only is this book an excellent how-to manual for the beginning skater, but it also is a delight for anyone interested in the sport of figure skating…This exciting and humorous book is entertaining and will certainly be enjoyed by both children and adults over and over again.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

This engaging introduction will be welcomed by both newcomers and fans of the sport.

School Library Journal

…the perfect skating book for kids age 8 to 12 who love the sport…In my books, this one’s a gold medal winner!

The Muskokan

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