Gold Medal Winter
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545643771 Hardcover
320 Pages | 5.79" x 8.56" | Ages 10 to 14
After years of early morning training and more jumps than she can count, Esperanza's dream of figure skating for the United States is coming true at last! But with the excitement of an Olympic slot comes new attention - and BIG distractions.
Suddenly Espi can't go out with her friends, or even out her back door, without reporters and autograph-seekers following her every move. Her new teammates have a lot more international experience, and they let Espi know that they don't think she's ready. Hunter Wills, the men's figure skating champion, seems to be flirting with her, even as the press matches her up with Danny Morrison, the youngest - and maybe cutest - member of the U.S. hockey team.
In the midst of all this, Espi is trying to master an impossible secret jump that just might be her key to a medal. Can she focus enough to shut out the drama, find her edge over the competition, and make the Olympics as golden as her dreams?
Raves & reviews:
"Gold Medal Summer . . . successfully reflects the competitive gymnast's spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas's flashy style and relatable protagonist." -The New York Times
"[An] enjoyable story of a girl overcoming obstacles to realize her dreams, and for readers who have dreamed of trying out the balance beam or uneven bars, Joey's story will be captivating." -Publishers Weekly