What could you accomplish if fear did not stand in your way?
At only 14 years-old, Brianna Nolan’s best years as a figure skater seem to be behind her. Her meteoric rise through the ranks is suddenly halted by puberty, and while she struggles to regain her jumps, her newfound fear of falling halts her progress.
When her father gives her a ring of former Russian Champion Svetlana Terasova, Brianna starts seeing flashes of Svetlana’s life in her dreams, and then later, on the ice. Brianna feels fearless and exhilarated by what she feels when she wears the ring, but the ring’s powers are unknown, and she soon suffers a terrible fall.
In her downtime, Brianna enjoys a social life for the first time. A school dance, new friends, and new activities become hard to leave when it’s time to get back on the ice, but her new coach insists she drop everything to focus on skating. The sacrifices become almost too much to bear, until she discovers they pale in comparison to the sacrifices Svetlana made long ago, and the events surrounding her mysterious exit from the world stage.
In Svetlana’s Ring, Kerry Novick explains what it’s like to be a young competitive skater with dreams of gold medal success. Kerry’s writing is that of a true figure skater in every detail, from the techniques of jumps and spins, to “coach talk,” to going through puberty and all that goes with it. She also brings a bit of magic into the mix! Young athletes will identify with the lead character’s insecurities and be inspired by her perseverance, sacrifices and will to become a champion!
—JoJo Starbuck, three-time US Pairs Champion, two-time world medalist, member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame
Authentic and magical, every girl’s dream. Writer Kerry Novick takes you on a journey of family, friends and sport, letting your imagination run free with a few surprises along the way!
—Randy Gardner, two-time Olympian, world pair skating champion