Gold Medal Swim

Gold Medal Swim

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by Jake Maddox
     
 

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Sam is the best swimmer on his school swim team. When Julien, a new exchange student at school, joins the team near the end of the season, Sam offers to help him practice. But when Sam and Julien have to race against each other in the final meet, only one swimmer can win the gold.

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Sam is the best swimmer on his school swim team. When Julien, a new exchange student at school, joins the team near the end of the season, Sam offers to help him practice. But when Sam and Julien have to race against each other in the final meet, only one swimmer can win the gold.

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
With all the interest in the gold-medal career of Michael Phelps, this short novel about swimming and swimmers is bound to delight readers and their parents. Sam Jacobs is the best swimmer on his team at Rockford Middle School. He has a friendly rivalry with a teammate named Drew, and they hope that their performances in the swimming meet will qualify their team for the state championships. But when their coach puts an exchange student from Venezuela, Julien Cabrera, on the team, trouble seems to be everywhere. Julien is not a good swimmer, but he desperately wants to win. Drew resents the fact that the coach put a poor swimmer on their team, jeopardizing their chances. Sam tries to help Julien by encouraging him and training with him to improve his performance, but he goes too far when he suggests that Drew should not try to beat him. Julien, Sam, and Drew have to sort out their feelings and decide what is best, not just for themselves, but for the team as a whole. At the back of the book are notes about the author and illustrator; a glossary; discussion questions; writing prompts; a note about swimming; brief biographies of Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe, and Michael Phelps; and a website. The book is well written. Its plot is engrossing, its characters interesting, and the descriptions of swimming races accurate, compelling, and exciting. The three boys, as well as their coach, react to events and to each other with honesty. Good sportsmanship, dedication, ambition, and compassion are all here: this book is a winner. Purchasers should be aware that although the book is listed as "by" Jake Maddox, that name seems to be the brand name for the publisher's sports books; Thomas Troupe is credited as the author in the back of the book. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434249265
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
Jake Maddox Sports Stories Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
178,092
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than thirty children's books. His book Legend of the Werewolf (Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.
Working out of Mexico City, passionate comic book fan and artist Eduardo Garcia has lent his talented illustration abilities to such varied projects as the Spider-Man Family, Flash Gordon, and Speed Racer. He’s currently working on a series of illustrations for an educational publisher while his wife and children look over his shoulder!

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Gold Medal Swim 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love swiming so this book was perfect for me!!!!!! Once I had to compete agest a friend I won,but my friend still got second place!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I am o a swi tea at svhool and placed 2nd in the 50free with a time of 34:22 i was so happy and i want to try to be way faster.