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The Perfect Gymnast

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Abby has been having a hard time since her family moved from Edmonton to Calgary—she misses her best friend, and at school she feels terribly awkward, a klutz. So she's outraged when her mother signs her up for gymnastics at a local club; outraged, that is, until Hilary befriends her. Hilary is outgoing, confident, and a top-ranked gymnast: in short, everything Abby wants to be. Soon, however, she discovers that Hilary has a serious problem: an eating disorder she tries to keep secret from everyone. Abby wants to...

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Overview

Abby has been having a hard time since her family moved from Edmonton to Calgary—she misses her best friend, and at school she feels terribly awkward, a klutz. So she's outraged when her mother signs her up for gymnastics at a local club; outraged, that is, until Hilary befriends her. Hilary is outgoing, confident, and a top-ranked gymnast: in short, everything Abby wants to be. Soon, however, she discovers that Hilary has a serious problem: an eating disorder she tries to keep secret from everyone. Abby wants to act, but doesn't know whether she'll be helping Hilary or betraying her. The Perfect Gymnast is a story about a girl who struggles to do the right thing, even at the risk of losing her best friend.

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Editorial Reviews

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"... will introduce to the young reader the subject of eating disorders and the pressure often felt by athletes to be unrealistically thin in an honest, sensitive manner. The novel's characters are appealing because they are regular, everyday kids attempting to deal with tough problem... (F)ast-paced, informative, and ... attractive even to reluctant readers."
CM Magazine
"... will introduce to the young reader the subject of eating disorders and the pressure often felt by athletes to be unrealistically thin in an honest, sensitive manner. The novel's characters are appealing because they are regular, everyday kids attempting to deal with tough problem... (F)ast-paced, informative, and ... attractive even to reluctant readers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550285109
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Lorimer Sports Stories Series
  • Pages: 76
  • Sales rank: 1,204,698
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley is the author of numerous novels for young people. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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