Friday, 4 May 2012

Gym Stars: Summertime and Somersaults by Jane Lawes (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

 April/May 2012, Usborne
128 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: gymnastics, feeling left out, friendships, having a passion for a hobby, having to wait for nice things, unexpected events, rivals, practice, self-doubt, self esteem, wonderful endorphins, lots of laughs and happy tears

Summary from Usborne
Tara loves gym and spends every spare moment practising in her garden. When she joins the Silverdale Gym Club, Tara's catapulted into their star team. But with so many new things to learn- like backflips, somersaults and handsprings, how will Tara ever catch up with her talented teammates?
Nayuleska's thoughts

This is exactly the type of read I enjoy. Tara works hard to merit a place on the squad, but thanks to a jealous gymnast she is plagued with self-doubt. She proves that working hard on something cwn take you far, be it gymnastics, writing, or whatever your talent is. Never give up! This cheerful read had me in happy tears at several points.

You can find out more about the lovely Jane on her website.
Suggested read
For another young girl who works hard to reach her sporting dream, check out 's story in Kay Woodward's Skate School series which starts with Ice Princess.

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