Gold Medal Summer
Written by Donna Freitas
Just in time for the Olympics: A gymnastics novel to flip for!
Joey Jordan loves gymnastics: the thrill of performing a backflip on the beam, the cheers of the audience when she sticks a landing. But even with all her talent and style, she's never quite made it to that gold medal stand.
Now big changes shake up Joey's life in and out of the gym. Joey wants to break out some daring new beam and floor routines -- but she'll have to defy her strict coach to do it. Her best friend, Alex, is thinking about quitting gymnastics for good. And an old friend named Tanner just moved back to town, and he's suddenly gotten very, very cute. Can Joey handle all the challenges coming her way, and make her gold medal summer happen at last?
Drawing on her real-life experience as a competitive gymnast, acclaimed novelist Donna Freitas delivers both a terrific gymnastics story and a classic novel about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.
"Freitas offers young readers plenty to relate to: living in the shadow of a perfect older sibling, battling with parents over life's choices, and handling insecurities that make it seem like failure is looming large…. [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
“Joey is likable and believable; even readers unfamiliar with gymnastics will identify with her friendship and first-relationship issues. Due to this year’s London Olympics, this novel will probably have a wide audience. 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
“Gold Medal Summer… successfully reflects the competitive gymnast’s spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas’s flash[y] style and relatable protagonist.” -- New York Times
Kansas State Reading Circle
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 5½” x 8¼”
Page Count: 240
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes