Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Mini Review #10 Tennis Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

2001 reprint, Jane Nissen Books
216 pages, Paperback
Personal Copy


Smiles: 5
Yunaleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary from

Tennis became important in the Heath Family's life early on - the twins were only nine, and the others younger when they started to play. But their grandfather and father before them had been top players - the four red-headed children had tennis in their blood. They join the competitive tournament circuit and battle hard to win! An absorbing story from an enormously popular children's author - and Noel Streatfeild's favourite book.

I've only read Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, which was one of my favourite stories when I was younger, and has been adapted by the BBC. So when I saw Tennis Shoes, I instantly picked it up to see what it was all about. Like Ballet Shoes, its the tale of how the Heath children develop their tennis skills. It is a sweet tale, written in a time when life in England was rather different. The characterisations are good - Nicky has the most talent out of all the children, but her hot temper and selfish streak means it takes a while for her to really shine. Even when she does, her family are careful not to overload her with praise because she behaves terribly. What other child would sell umbrellas to take the place of the pocket money she spent, just because it was a sunny day? It is really Nicky's tale, but it shows sometimes you can be really good at something, but not enjoy the publicity and high expectations from other people.

Check out Noel Streatfeild's other books at Jane Nissen Books.

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