Professional ice dancer, figure skating instructor and Sporting Chance Press author, Nicolette House signed copies of Maddie Takes the Ice at Rainbo Sports LLC, 1440 Paddock Drive in Northbrook this past Saturday, September 18, 2010. Thunderstorms swept through the Northbrook area on the day of the signing, but many young readers came to express enthusiasm for Maddie Takes the Ice, listen to the author read from it and obtain their own signed copies.
Young skaters enjoyed meeting Nicolette in person and the Rainbo Sports was a perfect venue to meet with young readers. Maddie is a compelling figure skating story for ages 8-12 and will be getting a lot of attention in schools and libraries as an America's Battle of the Books selection for 2011.
In Maddie Takes the Ice, there is enough drama to keep kids turning the pages. The book also offers encouragement to kids who may feel a little overwhelmed by their own pursuits as they read about how Maddie faces similar problems.
Nicolette is a third generation figure skater and coach following in her mother's and grandmother’s footsteps. Her mother, Ilona House coached Nicolette and has coached in Chicago and the northwest suburban area for many years. Nicolette’s grandmother, Marylin House, was a skating instructor at Ohio State University.
Nicolette House is a four-time U.S Figure Skating gold medalist. Skating since the age of three, she went on to compete in European, World, and international ice dance competitions with her skating partner Aidas Reklys. Along with her Aidas, the author recently created After Dark, a skating show featuring several top international skaters. Ms. House is working to obtain a degree in psychology, communications and media studies at DePaul University.
The author makes presentations to elementary and middle schools to discuss both figure skating and writing. Maddie Takes the Ice is in many of the northwest suburban libraries. Teachers and school administrators who would like Nicolette to present at their school can write her in care of Sporting Chance Press, 1074 Butler Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or email the publisher at email@example.com .
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