Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe Jennifer Longo

She had a plan. It went south.

Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart. via Goodreads.

Before reading Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo, I had been in a real reading slump. I was having a hard time sitting down to read, not finishing books etc. As soon as I started this book though I was hooked. It’s the kind of book that you want to read as quickly as possible while simultaneously savoring it. When I first started reading it I read a bit here and there, then ended up devouring it on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Although the book is split fairly equally between two very different settings, Longo writes in such a way that you don’t get whiplash going from one to the other. She manages to take you from San Francisco on one page, to Antarctica the next without making rough transitions. Each scene flows into the next nicely, while maintaining the reader’s interest.

Jennifer Longo has a dance background and a strong interest in Antarctica and you can really see this in her writing. She adds so many details that the reader can really picture themselves dancing next to Harper or shivering next to her on the ice. I’m very curious about things I don’t know and love lots of details, the way the author wrote about wintering over was fabulous.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a compelling read, regardless of whether or not they are interested in dance. I’m going to look for Jennifer Longo’s previous book Six Feet Over It, and can’t wait to read her next book.

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking for a craft to do with kids today? Here are  five kid-friendly Valentine’s Day crafts.

DIY Valentine's Window Clings
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DIY Valentine’s Window Clings. Theses look so simple to make!

Valentine’s Day Necklace. I love paper straws. They’re so cute and come in so many different patterns and colours but I hate using them in drinks because they tend to fall apart quickly. Using them in crafts is a great idea!

Modern DIY Valentine’s Shirts. An activity that is a bit more challenging and needs more materials but gives you a great shirt to wear on Valentine’s Day. I like that kids can customize it and move away from the red and pink colour scheme if they want to.

Cupid’s Heart Glow Stick Valentines. I bought Valentine’s glow stick bracelets for my after school program kids this year, but I love this craft because you can personalize the messages.

DIY Scratch Offs. This would work for different ages, even adults! You could also use this technique to make scratch off tickets for birthdays or other holidays.

What are your favourite crafts or activities to do on Valentine’s Day?

 

Top Ten Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day

Here are my top ten Valentine’s books for kids. A book is great Valentine’s Day gift for children, and you can write a sweet note inside the cover for your Valentine.

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. A must for fans of the If You Give a…series.

 

Lily's Chocolate Heart Kevin Henkes

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes. This book is so fun, and it’s great for younger kids too.

 

Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! by H.A Rey. A classic Valentine’s Day read.

Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is Cool

Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean. Should you skip this book? Goodness no!

The Biggest Valentine Ever

If your kids liked The Biggest Snowman Ever or The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, then this would make a great book for Valentine’s Day for them. If they haven’t read them yet, get The Biggest Valentine Ever for Valentine’s Day and save the other two books for next Halloween and Winter!

Llama Llama I Love You

Even the youngest children will love this book with a sweet message.

Arthur's Valentine

I’ve loved the Arthur books since I was a kid and I’m happy to see that they are still popular. There seems to be an Arthur book for any holiday or occasion.

 

Little Miss Hug

This book is perfect for any fans of the Little Miss and Mister Men books created by Roger Hargreave. Although Roger Hargreave has passed away, the series has been continued by his son Adam Hargreaves.

Pinkalicious Pink of Hearts

My nieces are big fans of the Pinkalicious books so I had to include this on my list. They’re fun to read aloud too!

Franklin's Valentines

Another classic Valentine’s Day book, perfect for children who are already fans of the Franklin series or children who are yet to discover him. Another series where you can find a book for any occasion as well.

It’s hard to narrow it down, there are so many sweet books about love and Valentine’s Day for kids! What are your favourite books to read or give for Valentine’s Day?