Gold Medal Summer [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...
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Gold Medal Summer

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
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Praise for GOLD MEDAL SUMMER:

"GOLD MEDAL SUMMER... successfully reflects the competitive gymnast's spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas's flash[y] style and relatable protagonist." -- 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

Children's Literature - Carollyne Hutter
Gymnastics is a sport that requires total concentration to succeed and get a gold medal. And getting gold is what 13-year-old Joey Jordan wants more than anything. Joey decides to devote her summer to only gymnastics and landing the all-elusive gold at Regionals. Yet, it is hard to concentrate when so much is shaking up Joey's world. Alex, a fellow gymnast and her best friend, is thinking of giving up gymnastics for good even though she often gets gold at meets. Alex is tired of performing with injuries, a common problem in gymnastics. Another distraction for Joey is Tanner, a cute boy who she knew before and who recently moved back to the area. The Coach's rule is the gymnasts can't have boyfriends. Added to the mix, Joey and the assistant coach decide they want Joey to do new daring routines at Regionals and practice behind the Coach's back. How will Joey balance the many things pulling at her in different directions? The author is a former gymnast and the novel gives an intimate look at the grueling world of competitive gymnastics. The plot of the novel follows the formula of many teen girl sports novels: big upcoming competition, but mean girls and boy distractions in the way of succeeding. Joey and the other characters are endearing and they draw the reader in, even with the formulaic plot structure.
Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
An extra measure of skill is required when an author gives away the ending of the book in the title. With a title like Gold Medal Summer, the story's suspense must then come from elsewhere. Freitas' book offers three conflicts for Joey: will the young protagonist be able to convince her parents to watch her compete at regionals, can Joey convince her coach to let her use a new and improved gymnastics routine that plays to her strengths, and will Joey find a way to both keep a boyfriend (strictly forbidden) and stay on the team? Other than these three problems, Joey's world is close to perfect: even her parents are happy. Her mom paints and sells work that just about "pays the mortgage for a full year" and is unfailingly cheerful and appears totally unburdened by her children. The family lives in a house close to the beach with a pool in the backyard. Joey's only point of low self-esteem is that she feels she has "mousy brown hair" and does not fill out a bikini. The narrator reports several times that Joey has "tons of personality" and the "camera loves her," but the writing should show and not tell. Every character younger than twenty-one is mature above their age level while the parents do not seem mature enough. This juxtaposition is cliched and one-dimensional. Joey's awakening awareness of the opposite sex, however, is well done and Freitas clearly knows, and writes compellingly about, the ins and outs of competitive gymnastics. Blanchard's voice is a good match for Joey's character. Her narration adds color and believability to a story that often struggles. Unabridged on five compact discs, this book could be used to throw light on the pressures of training for competitive gymnastics and would be a good addition to a middle school library or resource center. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545483797
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 131,045
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Donna Freitas participated in competitive gymnastics for seven years, retiring due to injury at the age of fifteen. She is now the author of seven books, including the young-adult novels THIS GORGEOUS GAME and THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD, which received five starred reviews. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit her website at http://www.donnafreitas.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Loved it!

    This book was great! Im a very talented gymnast so, i understood everything. I really reccomend this to anyone who watched the gymnastics part of the olympics. She is coming out with a second by christmas (hopefully) hope this helped

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Good

    Good i guess but i am a gymnast and most pf the tricks she does arnt elitle level and the no boys rule not true a modt gyms most not all but most

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Fav book

    CAN'TSTOP READING OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like gymnastics and want something you need to inhale.Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You WILL love it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Gymnastics

    I want to try gymnastics but im not sure my build is right. Im 14 and i played softball and volleyball but not very flexible though i stretch. Do u think i still can try gymnastics?

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Cheer

    My level is level 3

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Mistclan looking for cats

    Go to Emerald Atlas and put your cat name on the headline to join.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    #4

    I am in gymnastics to. yes i did watch the gymnastics side of the olympics. But i was not able to watch all of it. so for christmas my sister gave me the movie and i was so happy i screamed!!!!!"!! :)

    Gymnast Elizabeth

    Of tumble weeds gymnasticd

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a gymnast. My life revolves around gymnastics. I just love it so much! As soon as I saw it in Barnes and Noble-oh my god- I freaked! I read the book in a day! This is one of my favorite books EVER!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Gold metal summer

    I have not read it yet but i bought it at my school book fair laat week. When i saw it on the shelf i jumped. I saw the leotard and was like, this is gymnastics.I love the sport so much.i took the book and just simply bought it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    December 27,2012

    This is a fantastic book i mean i can really relate to this because im a firecraker at cypress acdmey and i cant get my pullover but they have some really great coaches their like coach marureen. Yall should really go their i mean that gym is #1 to me and yall might think so to so go their please!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Golden ;-)

    Love it . I looove gymnastics

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    I hart gymnastics!!!!!!!!!!

    It is amazing

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Re i want to

    Just tell your mom. If you dont tell her you wanna do gymnastics, you will regret it later on. Good luck!!!!
    - A Gymnast

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    I want to

    I want to do gymnastics but im to shy to tell my mom

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Super inspiring

    This book explains the hardship and challenges of gymnastic an igreat read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Great

    I am a gymnast so i could relate and very well written

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    AWSOME!

    I love this book. It's great! Little predictable ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Gymnastics

    It is gr8!!!!!!!!!!! Cant stop reading i am a gymnast level 5 and understand it is awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    To below

    Yes. I think you can still do it. Just follow ur heart and if u dream of doing gymnastics, do it!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    It is a great book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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