Ked Eakins aka Freakins just lost his last lunch buddy. He discovers that there is more to life then hockey as he gets to know the new girl, Brooke Parker. This story involves pain and regret. Could it be that he's the one that's pushed them away? 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. On Thin Ice is a YA sports romance, the third book in the Juniper Falls trilogy, by Julie Cross. It discusses loss and the struggle of mental health, the power of finding your voice and speaking up. He is bullied at school and his mother has left him and his father. This wasnt just another YA romance where new girl meets handsome popular boy and they live happily ever after. Hockey captain, Jake Hammond, is tasked with helping coach the new girl’s hockey team after being injured during a hazing ritual. The book is an uneasy melange of climatology, human interest stories, mountaineering adventure and the history of ancient civilizations. And the note inside claims she is still alive. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. If his others are like this one, I'll probably check out some of his previous titles. What normally would've taken me 3 -4 ish hours to finish - even with as many pages as this book has, took probably doub. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Summary: Because 300 years of issues don't just disappear, no matter how much magic you have. “ [E]verything you subtract adds up,” 12-year-old Ked Eakins—aka “Freakins”—remarks, summarizing his life till seventh grade. 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. Ked Eakins is known by most at his middle school as Freak. 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. School is suddenly no longer a safe haven, his former best friends have abandoned him, and his dad has gambled away their rent. I think of a cold uncomfortable rough situation. I was so excited when I heard the series would be continuing with On Thin Ice and the yummy Jake Hammond. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Instead of a hockey romance this is about bullying, harrassment, and standing up for what is right. 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. When Brooke Parker’s father goes to jail, she and her mother return to her mom’s home town to live with her grandmother. I believe the author chose “Thin Ice” as the title of this story because it represents the struggles of the main character Ked. 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. 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. This was not what the blurb lead me to believe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So I decided to give it a go. The third book talked about stuff that happened in the other books and there are characters that appear in each one. This book also shows how little things can have big impacts like the hump that grew. Today they number just 22,000. The whole story was interesting and move along nicely. Her only way of recovery rests in the hands of her children. 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). More than just a heart-stopping adventure narrative, however, On Thin Ice offers an intimate and haunting look at the rapidly changing face of the Arctic due to global climate change. With Eric Stanze, Jeremy Wallace, David Berliner, Tony Bridges. The clear portrayal of what it means to live in a town where hope is a valuable resource will resonate with many readers. 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). When you think of “thin ice”, what thoughts come to mind? This is an engaging, moving, and sympathetic story. It symbolizes the difficulties Ked is going through like being behind on rent and having no one to talk to. 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. 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. Boy was I wrong. But when things don't work out, he comes up with a foolhardy plan and almost loses his life. :) I read it in a couple of segments between visiting classes at the local middle school (where I was giving booktalks). On Thin Ice Book Summary and Study Guide. Boy was I wrong. This story involves pain and regret. His father has a gambling addiction and his job has been reduced to part-time. What can Ked do? 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. It has a child with a disability that is often not represented and plays to the kids who are mechanically inclined. This is another book for upper elem. We’d love your help. They look out the window to frozen Chickadee Lake to observe what appear to be inebriated men leaving their ice-fishing shanty. It's not just that his home life has changed dramatically, either. The conclusion is wrapped up a little too neatly, as well. What made this one even better was the depth of the story and the topics is touched on that I wasnt expecting. 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 Northrop, Michael. Directed by Simon Lamb, David Sington. by Scholastic. I'm also not sure how many bullies would have such a quick turn around. Although the main themes are not new to juvenile fiction, the story includes some situations that are particular to low income and struggling families. Lots of sad things happening, didn't see any reason/hope to root for him. (Or how a near death experience that isn't his breaks Jack, and Aster can't help but try to fix him.) ON THIN ICE's original cover. Can he find a way to raise the rent money? Not only has he watched his friends leave him, one by one, due to their awareness of his physical differences, caused by kyphosis, a spinal abnormality that leaves him almost with a hunched back, but his mother has abandoned the family to move to Portland, Oregon, for a new life. I had no problem connecting with Brooke and Jake's story, and didn't feel like I was missing any puzzle pieces. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. 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. Or for her mom to lose herself. The layer of ice between regular Jack Frost and the dark waters inside him is thinner than you think. I was completely obsessed with this book from page one. Now Ked learns that his father has gambled most of their rent money and they might be homeless soon. Can he find a way to raise the rent money? I enthusiastically say. It symbolizes the difficulties Ked is going through like being behind on rent and having no one to talk to. Short Summary This accident-prone alligator slips and slides through a winter day, dodging snow balls and skating on thin ice! One gets the sense that he … I had read and enjoyed the other books in this series, so I was pretty much in from the beginning. To see what your friends thought of this book. The author provides many details on how Ked puts the engine and bike together, and how close he comes to succeeding. Overview As Tea for Two gears up for Valentine’s Day, Elaine and Jan hear some shouts behind the tearoom. I kind of devoured it. I’ve not come back to Julie Cross’s Juniper Falls series in a while and to dive back into high school/college sports is still a change from what I’m used to. Start by marking “On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls #3)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Middle Grade Retellings of Classic Novels, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. So, if you, like me, are on the fence about it being the third book in a series you haven't read yet? Ked is very relatable and I appreciated the themes the book touched on. It discusses loss and the struggle of mental health, the power of finding yo. Read it now. This new book by Michael Northrop is good in a lot of ways. It does not impact my review. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. Directed by Jason Christ, Todd Tevlin. Not a quick YA read, despite the quick nature of the plot. 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. 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. He decides to make his own gamble to try to improve his situation, but the odds are against him all on his own with a bully constantly dogging him. Alina Adams Booklist Alina Adams Message Board. Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought 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. This is a huge problem since he needs to use the tools available in the school maker space. As his father places all his bets on predicting when the ice will break, Ked comes up with his own money-making scheme. The protagonist is bright but vulnerable, and is able to examine the greater implications of his actions. What would he be willing to lose? You can easily read each book as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order. I'm also not. Did not finish - made it about halfway. Juniper Falls girls’ hockey, that is. I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It finds a way to move the romance along but in a way that the other morals and lessons go by the wayside. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The polar bear is the largest modern land predator, albeit one that spends significant time in the water and depends on the marine food web. All of these are interwoven with hockey and a town where boys hockey takes center stage. 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. What made this one even better was the depth of the story and the topics is touched on that I wasnt expecting. Well done Julie Cross, this was a great read. 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. 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. Welcome back. Urgent and stirring, On Thin Ice is both a celebration and a rallying cry on behalf of one of earth’s greatest natural treasures. I will have to add this one to a future booktalk. It has Ellis' trademarks of thorough research (there is a typical Ellis bibliography, running 26 pages) and good writing. 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. 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. Middle Grade books are defiantly not my cup of tea. I thought this was a well-written and fast paced middle grade novel that dealt with some difficult topics (physical differences, gambling, homelessness, abuse). I have read book one, Buried Secrets, and have really enjoyed both books in the series. He is bullied at school and his mother has left him and his father. 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. This story is suitable for young adults. This book reminded me a lot of Death By Toilet Paper. In fact, it wasn't until the very end when I put together which couples the previous books revolved around. Jake Hammond, captain of the Varsity boys hockey team, finds himself on the wrong side of the law when a 100 year old hockey tradition goes wrong. 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 … His father has a gambling addiction and his job has been reduced to part-time. Most of the characters are boys so maybe this one will appeal to boys well. A middle grade book about a boy trying to help his father make ends meet. I had no problem connecting with Brooke and Jake's story, and didn't feel like I was missing any puzzle pieces. When Brooke Parker’s father goes to jail, she and her mother return to her mom’s home town to live with her grandmother. 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. On Thin Ice is the romantic and sensational third book in the Juniper Falls series. I have always told my students that you never know what is going on in other people's lives. 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. July 30th 2019 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. Great book with a great message about perseverance. Life hasn't exactly been a picnic for Ked Eakins in Norton, Maine. 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. Even Ked, maybe especially Ked, realizes that his assumptions about his friends just might not be true, after all. Like so many youngsters out there, Ked is skating on thin ice. 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. I really loved and appreciated this book and am glad to feature it on our upcoming podcast. The short chapters move the book along quickly and keep the reader engaged. 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. A boy, trying all by himself to save his family, all the while being bullied by everyone at school. As punishment he has to be the. 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. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. It's also hard to keep track of the chronology. 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. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. Brooke’s life has fallen apart and she’s been uprooted from Texas to her grandmother’s home in Juniper Falls. It wasn't because it was a bad book, quite the opposite. 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. I'm interested to get a student's perspective on this one. I believe the author chose “Thin Ice” as the title of this story because it represents the struggles of the main character Ked. and lower middle school children that highlights differences. 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. So, if you, like me, are on the fence about it being the third book in a series you haven't read yet? 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