Norma Charles

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  • Publisher: Ronsdale Press, Vancouver
  • ISBN: 978-1-55380-077-4 

When Sophie LaGrange hears that her idol, Olympic gold medal winner Barbara Ann Scott, is coming to town to star in the Hollywood Ice Review in the fall of 1951, she can’t wait to meet the famous figure skater. But her mother says they can’t afford the tickets for the show, so Sophie plots to meet Barbara Ann some other way.

Sophie’s older brother Joseph has seen Barbara Ann practising at the hockey arena, so Sophie tries to sneak into the arena to catch a glimpse of Barbara Ann. But she’s not the only one hanging out at the arena — the Satan’s Rebels motorcycle gang has a meeting spot nearby. It seems that Sophie is running into the infamous gang members everywhere, and they are not a friendly bunch!

Sophie is horrified when she discovers that the Rebels are trying to recruit Joseph, and to make matters worse, she hears about an awful plot that would harm Barbara Ann.

How can Sophie save her? What can she do to stop her brother from joining such a dangerous gang?

“Norma Charles has a real gift for understanding the feelings, interests and concerns of developing readers. In Chasing a Star, children will enjoy not only the trials of young Sophie, but also the very readable introduction to Canadian figure skating legend, Barbara Ann Scott.” — Linda Bailey, winner of the Red Cedar and Silver Birch awards“The plot is well paced and the narrative flows smoothly . . . an appropriate choice in this pre-Olympic year.” — CM Magazine

“an ideal mix of adventure and real life history” — Canadian Bookseller

“Meeting an idol, getting to perform in the big show, making a new friend, concern about ones family; these themes will all resonate with young girls.” — Resource Links

“There is no lack of excitement in this well paced story . . . .Characters and place are well developed and believable, with plenty of detail to provide a sense of suburban life in the early 1950s. Sophie’s parents, brothers, and vivacious aunts add depth to the plot. Sophie’s anxieties as a newcomer to British Columbia from Quebec will strike a chord with many young readers who have experienced such a transition.” — Canadian Teacher Magazine;

“This book was very well-written and does a great job of portraying the characters . . . Norma Charles is really an inspiring writer.” — What If? Magazine

Shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, 2009/2010

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