Lucy Tries Short Track

After trying the sliding sport of luge, Lucy is back for another speedy adventure—this time, she laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It's not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to the finish.

The Lucy Tries Sports series reinforces the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy child development needed for quality programs, including the support of a caring adult, the opportunity to participate, to play, to make friends and to master skills.

Also available, Lucy Tries Luge and Lucy Tries Soccer. Watch for Lucy Tries Hockey, coming Fall 2018.

French Edition

Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse

Lucy's speedy skating adventure, simultaneously published in French! Learn more.

Awards, Reviews and Endorsements


"What makes the ‘Lucy Tries Sports’ series so wonderful is that they highlight unusual sports in an energetic and positive way...Lucy and her friends don’t look at losing as something to be ashamed of or angry about. Their race is meant for fun and excitement, and it’s a joy to read about the girls supporting one another, even in the face of defeat...

Herne’s illustrations do an excellent job of matching the movement of the text. As the girls race, the illustrations become slightly blurred, as if the racers are moving so fast it’s hard to get a still shot. This is a fantastic way to emphasize the speed and movement of the characters, giving the story the feel of a live action event...

With the same bouncing rhythm, action filled illustrations, and positive look at getting out and trying a new sport [as the first book], this is a delightful and encouraging read. Fans of Lucy Tries Luge will love this new addition to the series, and those who haven’t yet met Lucy will adore reading about this friendly and outgoing girl’s sporting adventures on the short track. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine, January 8, 2016



"The Organizing Committee Calgary celebrated its 30th anniversary by giving free copies of Lucy Tries Short Track to 250 lucky families who attended the 2017 ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships at the Olympic Oval. We can't think of a better way to encourage young athletes to try out the sport of speed skating, whether it's to pursue their Olympic dreams or simply to have fun and stay active!"—Organizing Committee Calgary, 2017 ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships

"The Lucy Tries Sports series teaches how sport is about fun and and healthy competition. They also introduce various different sports to young kids and hopefully inspire them to stay active and healthy. I love that my kids can read the series in English and French. These books are a must for the entire family."—Catriona Le May Doan, OC and two time Olympic Speed Skating Champion



"Lucy is a wonderful role-model for both girls and boys, with a positive attitude toward learning and practicing the sports she enjoys to keep physically active. The story and illustrations have a gentle way of teaching sportsmanship and fair play...A cheery, upbeat series, and is recommended for school and public libraries." Resource Links, April 1, 2016

"Children will learn about how the skaters turn around the tight corners and how they cheer one another on, even after the race is over. The main character is not the winner in this story but is a good sport and strong competitor...Will show young athletes the pros and cons of a sport that requires speed, balance, and courage." School Library Journal, January 1, 2016



"The Lucy Tries Sport series are great books for children of any age. They exemplify the importance of sportsmanship, healthy competition, and most importantly show that sports can be so much fun! I would highly recommend everyone to add this series to their collection!" —Jessica Gregg, Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed Skating, December 18, 2015

"This book really represents the community of speed skating in Canada: members and athletes getting together in a fair-play atmosphere for the love of sport where we can also see, outside of the rink, great friendships." —Marc Gagnon, Five-Time Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed Skating, June 1, 2015


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