Pros: About kids skiing, adventure, relatively short, realistic characters
Cons: more pictures to help create imagery
9yr old female review who has a 10, 7 & 3yr old brothers.
Liked the part when they were lost, yet discovered the hidden bowl and where the ski Olympian gave Max the secret Gold Winchell's Wax. It had a good ending when Max won the race & received a new pair of yet to be released skis, but gave them up to someone in more need than himself.
I believe she could identify with the characters and the uncomfortableness when joining a new group of skiers from diverse backgrounds. The story showed in the end it wasn't about where you came from, what equipment you used, how much money or time you spend skiing. Leave it to the kids to boil the sport down to it's essence....just sliding down a hill & having fun with friends.
Will add 10 & 7 yr old reviews if I can ever corner them & extract their thoughts.