Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

Katie Van Ark

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Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she's also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well?

Gabe's relationship with Maddy is vital. He can't imagine skating with anyone else, and together they have a real chance at gold–maybe even making it to the Olympics! So he's decided to think of her as a sister. After all, family is forever, but he's never dated anyone for more than two weeks.

Then their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, and everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy's been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?




The early August heat is melting the make-up right off Dad's face, but his eyes are soft behind his thick-framed glasses, his voice calm. "You can get this, Maddy. Just ease your foot off the clutch."



Praise for The Boy Next Door

“Fans of ice-skating and romance will fall in love with this debut novel.” —School Library Journal

“ Van Ark's story of two skating partners is hot enough to melt the ice.” —Romantic Times

“Guaranteed to warm even the coldest heart.” —Justine

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Katie Van Ark

Katie Van Ark is a member of SCBWI and RWA and a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys reading, writing, and of course figure skating. She lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband, who was also her high school sweetheart. THE BOY NEXT DOOR is her debut novel.

Katie Van Ark

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