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Children's LiteratureMorgan, a young boy whose story begins at a class pool party, is self-conscious and unable to swim. He manages to hide this and his "jiggly" belly for the duration of the party, despite being thrown into the pool and having to deal with the class bully, a young girl named Aldeen. After the party, Morgan's mom informs him that before summer camp, he is going to need swimming lessons. Despite the fact that the idea of swim lessons makes Morgan cringe, he shows up for his first swim class. Morgan is mortified to find that what was originally a somewhat daunting experience has become his worst nightmare as Aldeen is also registered in the same class. In the class, Morgan and Aldeen must learn to get along and he is forced to put aside his fears and learn to swim. He also finds that the other kids think he is pretty funny, too, and becomes the "class clown" of swim class. I liked the fact that Morgan has faced his fears and feels pretty great about his well-earned achievement. However, despite the positive outcome of this story, I found several instances—such as one of lying by an adult and another where Aldeen has Morgan cheat for her—very disconcerting. Also, the emphasis on Morgan's weight was excessive, given the self-image issues many kids face these days. Unfortunately, what could have been a great book was just mediocre due to these flaws. 2004, Formac Publishing Company Limited, Ages 7 to 9.