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Orca Book Publishers Spring 2016 Trade

Lucy Tries Short Track
By (author): Lisa Bowes Illustrated by: James Hearne
Lisa Bowes ,

Illustrated by :

James Hearne


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover, Flaps


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Jan 19, 2016
$12.95 CAD


9in x 9 x 0.13 in | 160 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Winter Sports
Picture books: character books|Speed skating|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: First / new experiences and growing up / coming of age|Interest age: from c 6 years
North America
jC813/.6 23
  • Short Description
In this picture book and follow-up to Lucy Tries Luge, Lucy and her friends lace up their skates and try short track speed skating.
Lucy and friends hit the ice!

After trying the sliding sport of luge, Lucy is back for another speedy adventure!

This time, Lucy laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It’s not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to the finish.

Lucy Tries Short Track is the second book in the Lucy Tries Sports series, designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports.

Lisa Bowes is a sports journalist and media consultant. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series. She is a Physical Education graduate who is passionate about encouraging children and families to be active. Lisa lives in Calgary.

James Hearne is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Calgary.

“This book really represents the community of speed skating in Canada: members and athletes getting together in a fair-play atmosphere for the love of sport where we can also see, outside of the rink, great friendships.” - Marc Gagnon, Five-Time Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed Skating

"Children will learn about how the skaters turn around the tight corners and how they cheer one another on, even after the race is over. The main character is not the winner in this story but is a good sport and strong competitor...Will show young athletes the pros and cons of a sport that requires speed, balance, and courage." - School Library Journal

"The Lucy Tries Sport series are great books for children of any age. They exemplify the importance of sportsmanship, healthy competition, and most importantly show that sports can be so much fun! I would highly recommend everyone to add this series to their collection!" - Jessica Gregg, Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed Skating

"What makes the 'Lucy Tries Sports' series so wonderful is that they highlight unusual sports in an energetic and positive way...Lucy and her friends don’t look at losing as something to be ashamed of or angry about. Their race is meant for fun and excitement, and it’s a joy to read about the girls supporting one another, even in the face of defeat...Herne’s illustrations do an excellent job of matching the movement of the text. As the girls race, the illustrations become slightly blurred, as if the racers are moving so fast it’s hard to get a still shot. This is a fantastic way to emphasize the speed and movement of the characters, giving the story the feel of a live action event... With the same bouncing rhythm, action filled illustrations, and positive look at getting out and trying a new sport [as the first book], this is a delightful and encouraging read. Fans of Lucy Tries Luge will love this new addition to the series, and those who haven’t yet met Lucy will adore reading about this friendly and outgoing girl’s sporting adventures on the short track. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Lucy is a wonderful role-model for both girls and boys, with a positive attitude toward learning and practicing the sports she enjoys to keep physically active. The story and illustrations have a gentle way of teaching sportsmanship and fair play...A cheery, upbeat series, and is recommended for school and public libraries." - Resource Links

"The Lucy Tries Sports series teaches how sport is about fun and healthy competition. They also introduce various different sports to young kids and hopefully inspire them to stay active and healthy. I love that my kids can read the series in English and French. These books are a must for the entire family." - Catriona Le May Doan, OC and two time Olympic Speed Skating Champion

"The Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children." - Dave King, Member of the Order of Canada, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and IIHF Hall of Fame inductee

"Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!" - Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO at CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

"Fitness should be fun, and the Lucy Tries Sports series is a shining example of that." - Eric Smith, television and Sportsnet Radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors

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