The Resource Gold medal summer, Donna Freitas

Gold medal summer, Donna Freitas

Label
Gold medal summer
Title
Gold medal summer
Statement of responsibility
Donna Freitas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After fourteen-year-old Joey experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics, she considers giving up her dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life, even as her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level
Review
  • Grades 5-8 Fourteen-year-old Joey Jordan accepts the demands of gymnastics: grueling practices, the necessity for intense focus, and a promise to avoid boys. She’s hopeful she can finally medal at this summer’s regional competition, but she’s afraid the program her coach has chosen for her doesn’t maximize her strengths. Further complicating matters, Joey’s best friend quits the sport; her parents aren’t especially supportive of her goals; and a former friend, Tanner, returns to town looking very cute. Former competitive gymnast Freitas writes knowingly of the requirements of this sport and never sugarcoats descriptions of competing through injury, confidence-destroying snide remarks from competitors, and seemingly cruel ultimatums from coaches. Joey opts to remain in her sport, and her confrontation with her coach is successful because she has matured emotionally. Subplots involving Joey’s sister (who quit the sport at 15) and a helpful assistant coach are also well integrated. A cut above the usual sports series fare, this makes a good choice for gymnastic fans not quite ready for Joshua C. Cohen’s Leverage (2011). -- Weisman, Kay (Reviewed 06-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 19, p98)
  • Joey Jordan, 14, craves one thing: to win gold at the Regionals gymnastics meet this summer, and she’s willing to go against her parents’ wishes and give up a “normal” teenage life to do it. But Joey’s competitiveness falters when her best friend, Alex, decides to quit gymnastics, and a cute boy from her past shows up and wants to hang out. In her first middle-grade novel, YA author and PW contributor Freitas (The Survival Kit) 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. Her story also focuses intently on gymnastics: its demanding training, the rivalries between competitors, and the challenges of a sport that requires physicality, grace, and showmanship. It’s a predictable but 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. Ages 9–12. Agent: Miriam Altshuler, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 18, p)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Elite gymnast Joey, 13, is willing to do anything to compete with the best. Although she's not the most powerful gymnast, her artistic expression and winning personality make her a standout, as long as her hang-ups, including taunts from rival Sarah, don't undo her concentration. Even a budding relationship with a former childhood friend must take a backseat to daily hours-long competition. Frustrated with Coach Angelo's refusal to allow her to tweak her routines to showcase her strengths, Joey secretly works with the assistant coach, Maureen, and older sister Julia, once a National Champion, on new routines for the New England regional competition. Although the ending may be a bit predictable, it is satisfying. 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.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA --Jennifer Schultz (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 58, issue 6, p120)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10126059
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freitas, Donna
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
790L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.F8844
LC item number
Gol 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gymnastics
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Sisters
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Families
  • Gymnastics
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Sisters
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Family life
  • Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Gold medal summer, Donna Freitas
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
879929
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780545327886
Lccn
2011029500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545327886
Label
Gold medal summer, Donna Freitas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
879929
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780545327886
Lccn
2011029500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545327886

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