Still Skating Forward

Amazing People Celebrating Life and Skating

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
144 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2013
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Author Biography


Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz is the author of “Skating Forward: Sixteen Amazing Young Women Celebrating Life on Ice.” This 2010 release has received numerous accolades in the figure skating world and was named one of the top ten 2010 inspirational summer reads by Quest Magazine.

Her 2012 release “Still Skating Forward” received the Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal for best Young Adult Non Fiction and the Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Children’s and Young Adult Sports Book.

Joanne has nearly twenty years experience as a contributing writer with United States Figure Skating. She is the author of numerous articles for Skating Magazine and she works as a contributing writer for U.S. Figure Skating’s web page “Spotlight” profiling stories of figure skaters and clubs across the United States. She is also a sometime contributor for the nationally recognized figure skating Ice Network.
She is a 1981 graduate of Utica College where she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Joanne currently resides in Upstate, New York with her husband Gregory, a veterinarian, and their golden retriever puppy April. She also covers numerous skating events for U.S. Figure Skating in the North Atlantic region. “Skating with the World” is her third book.





    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

"Still Skating Forward" by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz is a sequel to the popular book "Skating Forward: Sixteen Amazing Young Women Celebrating Life on Ice". Just as in the previous book, here also the author deals with the stories and experiences of Olympic and world famous skaters, judges and coaches. I found the book very inspiring and motivating. It somehow relates to all sports people making a foray into their respective sport and their trials and tribulations. Every chapter has a different story to tell the reader. The discipline and the rigorous training that a skater has to go through to make it to the top is not only a lesson to upcoming skaters but also to any sports person. The ordeals that they go through make you admire their grit and determination to make it to the top against all odds.

Each chapter of the book "Still Skating Forward" speaks about rise, fall, laughter, tears and mistakes and how each one experiences them in their own way. Each skater's story has some incredible experience to share with the reader. Some of the moments from their glorious lives have been captured and narrated. The book is a good read not only for readers who are keen to know more about skating but also for others. The language is simple and the narration is excellent. The stories are emotional and can touch anyone's heart. It also opens a window on the inside stories of the skaters. The book will resonate with everyone, not only with lovers of skating.