Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

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by Kerrily Sapet
     
 

From the moment that his parents dragged him to his older sisters' swimming practice, Michael Phelps loved the water. During his childhood, swimming provided a solace away from the pressures of school and home, and before long, Michael and his family began to realize that he had a significant talent in the water.

With long arms and huge feet, Michael's body was

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From the moment that his parents dragged him to his older sisters' swimming practice, Michael Phelps loved the water. During his childhood, swimming provided a solace away from the pressures of school and home, and before long, Michael and his family began to realize that he had a significant talent in the water.

With long arms and huge feet, Michael's body was perfect for swimming, and he had the drive to push himself to practice swimming almost every day of his life. By the time he was fifteen, Michael was already on his way to the Olympics, one of the youngest U.S. Olympians ever.

It was the next four years that defined Michael's life and career, as he quickly developed into one of the world's greatest swimmers, setting world records and winning countless prizes. He soon found himself swamped by fans, supporters, and sponsors, and became one of the most popular and recognizable swimmers in America.

But Michael was still only a teenager, barely out of high school when he achieved world wide fame, and the challenge of balancing a normal life-friends, family, college, and parties-with his role as America's greatest swimmer would prove to be his greatest challenge.

About the Author:
Kerrily Sapet is the author of a number of books for Morgan Reynolds. She lives in Illinois

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Now that Michael Phelps is one of the world's most famous athletes, children and adults alike want to know more about his life before Beijing. This biography fills in the gaps many Olympic spectators have about Phelps' road to the 2008 games. The road to such success is far from easy and glamorous. Following in the footsteps of his two older sisters, Michael Phelps began swimming when he was seven. Michael struggled in school with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He has had a volatile relationship with his coach, Bob Bowman, who recognized his talent and swimming potential. Michael struggled as his family was torn apart by divorce and his relationship with his father deteriorated for many years. At times he failed to achieve his own personal swimming goals as a result of immaturity and a lack of preparation. He suffered a back injury that threatened to end his swimming career. But despite all the hardships, Michael Phelps achieved great success and grew into an amazing athlete and team player who has traveled the world and inspired many. The basic sport of swimming is explained throughout the book, woven into the biographical information. The book is a bit choppy in its delivery of information, but overall it provides a good overview of Michael Phelps' life and what an athlete must endure to make it to the top of his or her sport. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

Patrick and Phelps are popular, rising stars in their respective sports. Patrick is a determined and confident driver struggling to win a place in the male-dominated sport of auto racing. Phelps took home six gold medals from the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and hopes to rewrite swimming's record books at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. These formulaic series entries, however, fail to give young fans a clear sense of their subjects' character and significant achievements. In both books, the writing is dense, uneven, and marred by signs of haste. Lackluster book design, color photos that vary in quality, and an absence of visual aids compound these books' problems.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599350776
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Xtreme Athletes Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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