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Gold Medal Summer

By Donna Freitas   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545327886 Hardcover
240 Pages | 5.72" x 8.55" | Ages 10 to 14

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545483797 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 14

Just in time for the Olympics: A gymnastics novel to flip for!

Joey Jordan loves gymnastics, but because she's a graceful gymnast in a sport that prizes muscle and power, she's never quite made it to that gold-medal stand. Now she's at a crossroads in her competitive career: Her parents are tired of the toll the sport enacts on their family. Her best friend, Alex, is thinking of quitting, and a cute boy named Tanner—whom Joey doesn't have time to see—makes a "normal" life sound awfully attractive.

But then her coach suggests some exciting new routines that play to Joey's strengths as a gymnast, and as she finds the bravery to navigate all the other changes in her life, her gold-medal summer might happen at last.

Drawing on her own experience as a competitive gymnast, acclaimed novelist Donna Freitas delivers both a terrific sports story and a classic middle-grade novel about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Gold Medal Summer

"Gold Medal Summer more successfully reflects the competitive gymnast's spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas's flashier style and relatable protagonist, 13-year-old Joey Jordan." —The New York Times Book Review

"A sports story that handsprings away from romance and toward a commendable joy in accomplishment." —Kirkus

"Freitas is a former competitive gymnast, and her descriptions of routines are taut and eye-opening. Although the hardships of the sport are not underplayed, this is a largely positive novel about hard work and self-confidence." —School Library Journal