CM February 23, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 19

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Michele Martin Bossley.
Toronto: James Lorimer & Company ("Sports" series), 1995. 84pp, paper, $8.95.
ISBN 1-55028-474-6. CIP.

Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 9 - 11.
Review by Donna J. Adrian.


A fun, fact-filled novel of synchronized swimming, friendship, jealousy, and family relations.

In losing her bid to become the team's solo performer in competition to newcomer Christy, whom she dislikes, eleven-year-old Gracie's competitive spirit spoils her relationship with her best friend and duo partner, Laura, who wants to swim only for fun. While preparing for a competition, and in the classroom, the three girls' relationships and problems are typically teen; and they are satisfactorily resolved during a synchro meet.

A good read. The plot moves quickly. The action at the pool, at home, and at school is believable, as are the relationships among the three girls.

The novel shows the need for discipline, endurance, good sportsmanship, and the importance of team work and cooperation for success in athletic endeavour.

A good sports novel for girls, and with the Summer Olympics approaching it should be popular.


Donna J. Adrian is a Library Coordinator for the Laurenval School Board in Quebec.

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