The best figure skating books

3 authors have picked their favorite books about figure skating and why they recommend each book.

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Ana on the Edge

By A.J. Sass,

Book cover of Ana on the Edge

Ana on the Edge is a powerful novel about figure skating and gender identity that’s equally perfect for figure skating enthusiasts and kids looking for LGBTQIA+ stories. It’s obvious from the first page that the author is a figure skater who knows the sport intimately, but the sparkling skating scenes are just as fun and accessible for readers who watch the occasional Olympic figure skating competition as they would be for insiders. And the most special part of this book is the poignant way it depicts a kid who is figuring out the gender identity that feels right while competing in a very gendered sport. I loved Ana and could not put this book down; I know many readers will feel the same.


Who am I?

I’ve always loved watching and playing sports, and now I love writing about them, too. As a former teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how sporty books appeal to sporty kids. But after publishing my novel Up for Air, which is about a star swimmer, I’ve been struck by how many readers tell me they connected deeply with the main character even though they don’t like sports at all. That made me think about what makes sports stories resonate, and now I look out for books that capitalize on all the most exciting and relatable things about sports while also offering compelling hooks to readers with all sorts of interests.


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Coming Up Short

By Laurie Morrison,

Book cover of Coming Up Short

What is my book about?

Bea’s parents think she can accomplish absolutely anything. But at the end of seventh grade, on the day she makes a play to send her softball team to the league championships and Xander, the boy she likes, makes it clear that he likes her too, a scandal shakes up her world. Bea’s dad took money that belonged to a client. He’s now suspended from practicing law, and another lawyer spread the news online. To make matters worse, that lawyer is Xander’s dad.

The thing she was best at seems to be slipping out of her fingers along with her formerly happy family. She's not sure what's going to be harder—learning to throw again or forgiving her dad. How can she be the best version of herself when everything she loves is falling apart?

Ice Castles

By Leonore Fleischer,

Book cover of Ice Castles

The novelization of the 1978 movie (remade in 2010) is howlingly hilarious. The author has no understanding of how skating works - either competitively or, you know, physics. That’s what makes it such compelling reading. Also, in the movie, the characters tend to mumble. It helps to have read the book first to have a vague clue of what they’re saying.


Who am I?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.


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Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

By Alina Adams,

Book cover of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

What is my book about?

What really happens behind the scenes of a figure skating competition - which the media doesn’t want you to see? Find out in The Figure Skating Mystery series, with professional skating videos by Ice Theatre of NY included as part of the story! Why just read about figure skating, when you can watch it, too? Written by a former researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT and based on true events. Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

Apology

By Gary Beacom,

Book cover of Apology

There are plenty of skating autobiographies out there. There is only one by an author who performed with skates on his hands, does a headstand on the ice (no hands!), who protested his low score on a figure by quitting in the middle of the championship and retiring from competitive skating then and there. And who served two years in prison while maintaining his innocence. Everyone claims to be an original these days. Beacom did it first. And he explains why.


Who am I?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.


I wrote...

Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

By Alina Adams,

Book cover of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

What is my book about?

What really happens behind the scenes of a figure skating competition - which the media doesn’t want you to see? Find out in The Figure Skating Mystery series, with professional skating videos by Ice Theatre of NY included as part of the story! Why just read about figure skating, when you can watch it, too? Written by a former researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT and based on true events. Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

Life on the Edge

By Jennifer Comeaux,

Book cover of Life on the Edge

Everyone who watches figure skating has, at one time, 'shipped' a pair or ice dance couple, or one singles skater with another. It's almost impossible to watch attractive, passionate people fling their bodies at each other and act out dramatic, romantic scenarios and not imagine what it might be like if they were a couple off the ice, too. Life on the Edge is the first book in the ongoing Edge series which does exactly that - with details! And then keeps the story going!


Who am I?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.


I wrote...

Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

By Alina Adams,

Book cover of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

What is my book about?

What really happens behind the scenes of a figure skating competition - which the media doesn’t want you to see? Find out in The Figure Skating Mystery series, with professional skating videos by Ice Theatre of NY included as part of the story! Why just read about figure skating, when you can watch it, too? Written by a former researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT and based on true events. Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

Every Reason We Shouldn't

By Sara Fujimura,

Book cover of Every Reason We Shouldn't

There are so many figure-skater-meets-hockey-player stories out there, and while I will always love The Cutting Edge, I adored how Sara Fujimura went for a new move with this novel by bringing in the world of speed skating. Olivia is the daughter of famous Olympians trying to figure out a normal teen life after her own skating falters. Her world collides with Jonah’s when he begins speed skating at her family’s struggling rink. A roller derby friend brings extra fun to this novel.


Who am I?

My hometown didn’t have an ice rink until I was in high school, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with figure skating. From making backyard rinks to coaching learn-to-skate, I did everything I could to spend more time on ice. I also voraciously devoured books with even a hint (like a frozen pond!) of figure skating. All too often, these attempts to spend more time in the skating world only resulted in frustration when authors messed up key details. This list includes my favorite books about skating that fellow figure skaters can enjoy without inaccuracies tripping up their extra ice time.


I wrote...

The Boy Next Door

By Katie Van Ark,

Book cover of The Boy Next Door

What is my book about?

Maddy’s been in love with the boy next door for forever. She spends time in Gabe’s arms every day – as his skating partner. How can she convince him they’re meant to be partners off the ice as well? Gabe knows he needs Maddy to make it to the Olympics. He’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks and there’s no way he’s risking thirteen years of training until their coach forces his hand. Will their new romantic program be the big break Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?

Push Dick's Button

By Dick Button,

Book cover of Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century--and a Little Tomfoolery

Two-time Olympic Men’s Gold Medalist Dick Button is a genius. That’s it, full stop. I had the privilege of working with Dick both at ABC Sports and when I produced his Twitter commentary of the 2014 Olympics. Anything Dick Button has to say about figure skating, past, present, and future, you want to hear it. And read it. You don’t have to like it. You don’t have to agree with it. But you do have to hear it. If you consider yourself a true figure skating fan. And want anyone to take your opinions seriously.


Who am I?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.


I wrote...

Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

By Alina Adams,

Book cover of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

What is my book about?

What really happens behind the scenes of a figure skating competition - which the media doesn’t want you to see? Find out in The Figure Skating Mystery series, with professional skating videos by Ice Theatre of NY included as part of the story! Why just read about figure skating, when you can watch it, too? Written by a former researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT and based on true events. Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

Crossing the Ice

By Jennifer Comeaux,

Book cover of Crossing the Ice

So much of pair skating relies on selling a romance – so what do you do when your feelings cross partnerships? Courtney’s skating with Mark, and their biggest rivals are Stephanie and Josh, so falling for Josh can’t be part of the plan except it’s happening anyway. Author Jennifer Comeaux calls herself a figure skating fanatic, and her passion for the sport shines in her writing. Grade of execution bonus: this book is the first in a trilogy.


Who am I?

My hometown didn’t have an ice rink until I was in high school, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with figure skating. From making backyard rinks to coaching learn-to-skate, I did everything I could to spend more time on ice. I also voraciously devoured books with even a hint (like a frozen pond!) of figure skating. All too often, these attempts to spend more time in the skating world only resulted in frustration when authors messed up key details. This list includes my favorite books about skating that fellow figure skaters can enjoy without inaccuracies tripping up their extra ice time.


I wrote...

The Boy Next Door

By Katie Van Ark,

Book cover of The Boy Next Door

What is my book about?

Maddy’s been in love with the boy next door for forever. She spends time in Gabe’s arms every day – as his skating partner. How can she convince him they’re meant to be partners off the ice as well? Gabe knows he needs Maddy to make it to the Olympics. He’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks and there’s no way he’s risking thirteen years of training until their coach forces his hand. Will their new romantic program be the big break Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?

Wanted

By Melissa Lowell,

Book cover of Wanted: One Perfect Boy

Wanted: One Perfect Boy is just one of the fantastic titles in the Silver Blades series by Melissa Lowell. This series, published during the 1990s heyday of skating, leans toward the tween crowd but is a great sentimental binge read. This particular title is about a pair partnership breakup, no romance involved, but still delivers all the feels in Nikki’s search for a new partner. 


Who am I?

My hometown didn’t have an ice rink until I was in high school, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with figure skating. From making backyard rinks to coaching learn-to-skate, I did everything I could to spend more time on ice. I also voraciously devoured books with even a hint (like a frozen pond!) of figure skating. All too often, these attempts to spend more time in the skating world only resulted in frustration when authors messed up key details. This list includes my favorite books about skating that fellow figure skaters can enjoy without inaccuracies tripping up their extra ice time.


I wrote...

The Boy Next Door

By Katie Van Ark,

Book cover of The Boy Next Door

What is my book about?

Maddy’s been in love with the boy next door for forever. She spends time in Gabe’s arms every day – as his skating partner. How can she convince him they’re meant to be partners off the ice as well? Gabe knows he needs Maddy to make it to the Olympics. He’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks and there’s no way he’s risking thirteen years of training until their coach forces his hand. Will their new romantic program be the big break Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?

Inside Edge

By Christine Brennan,

Book cover of Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating

Brennan covered multiple different sports before turning her focus to figure skating. She came not as a fan, but as a reporter, which made Inside Edge a grittier and less insular take than usual. Yes, there are some technical and factual mistakes, as well as some wild leaps of logic. But this is the tough love book figure skating - and its fans - needed.


Who am I?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.


I wrote...

Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

By Alina Adams,

Book cover of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

What is my book about?

What really happens behind the scenes of a figure skating competition - which the media doesn’t want you to see? Find out in The Figure Skating Mystery series, with professional skating videos by Ice Theatre of NY included as part of the story! Why just read about figure skating, when you can watch it, too? Written by a former researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT and based on true events. Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

Olympic Gold for Cat and Toby

By Sharon Roberts,

Book cover of Olympic Gold for Cat and Toby

Olympic Gold for Toby and Cat is a middle-grade book about a young girl suffering a tragedy and discovering her strengths through perseverance. After Cat wakes up in the hospital with an amputated leg below the knee, she wants to give up. With therapeutic riding, the tables start to turn.

But everything does not go well at the farm. Cat is conspicuously aware of her injury, and a mean rival doesn’t make things easy for her. Cat’s ready to call it quits until she’s introduced to Toby, a black and white pinto horse who will change her attitude and help her reach for new dreams. Author Sharon Roberts knows both horses and people as the founder of the wildly popular Aging Horsewomen Intl.™ Facebook Page with over 57,000 dedicated members!


Who am I?

I’ve been in love with horses since I was a toddler and have read more horse books than I can count. My favorite books are about horses and their humans – the bond that holds us together. No other animal reads a human’s soul like the horse does, and it’s one of the reasons for their success in equine-assisted activities and therapy programs. I’ve written horse stories since childhood and am proud of my three award-winning books in the Believing In Horses series featuring horse rescue, equine assisted activities, show competition, and dude ranches. I hope to create and inspire more horse and human connections through my stories.


I wrote...

Believing In Horses Out West

By Valerie Ormond,

Book cover of Believing In Horses Out West

What is my book about?

Sadie Navarro rescued a mare from an auction accomplishing what she thought was the most important mission of her young life. Now, that mare is headed to a ranch in Montana and a home Sadie knows nothing about. She wants to make sure the horse is in good hands, but Montana is far away and a different world from Maryland. Will fourteen-year-old Sadie need to stand up to rugged cowboys to protect her special rescue horse?

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