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Swimming with SharksRita’s times aren’t fast enough to swim for the Sharks with her friends. To improve she must learn flip turns, but every time she tries, she gets water up her nose! Jazz has an idea that might be the key to Rita’s success, but what if Rita comes in first on a slower team? Would she rather win or be with her friends? Or is there another way for Rita to swim with the Sharks?
Track AttackJazz loves being on a track team where she sprints fast as a lightning ...
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Swimming with SharksRita’s times aren’t fast enough to swim for the Sharks with her friends. To improve she must learn flip turns, but every time she tries, she gets water up her nose! Jazz has an idea that might be the key to Rita’s success, but what if Rita comes in first on a slower team? Would she rather win or be with her friends? Or is there another way for Rita to swim with the Sharks?
Track AttackJazz loves being on a track team where she sprints fast as a lightning bolt. Her dad loves that she’s on the team, too. He’s her biggest fan—maybe too big a fan. He argues with the coach, yells at the ref, and screams his head off at every meet. Jazz loves to run, but can she focus on the race while Dad is having a track attack?

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“Once again, Hicks captures a young person’s feelings of excitement and frustration while mastering a sport. Rita’s warm friendships add a strong story line, and kids will be inspired by the combination of her individual determination and her willingness to ask for and accept help from her peers. McCauley reinforces all the action and emotion in his lighthearted, stylized sketches. A good chapter-book choice for sharing aloud or suggesting to confident new readers.”—Booklist
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“Once again, Hicks captures a young person’s feelings of excitement and frustration while mastering a sport. Rita’s warm friendships add a strong story line, and kids will be inspired by the combination of her individual determination and her willingness to ask for and accept help from her peers. McCauley reinforces all the action and emotion in his lighthearted, stylized sketches. A good chapter-book choice for sharing aloud or suggesting to confident new readers.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429939355
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Gym Shorts Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


BETTY HICKS is the author of Out of Order and Busted! (both available from Square Fish). She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. ADAM MCCAULEY is the illustrator of the successful middle-grade fiction series The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and Louis Sachar’s Wayside School books. Visit him on the web at www.adammccauley.com. SIMON GANE is a professional illustrator who lives and works in Bath, England. He’s on the web at www.simongane.com.
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Bug Juice

Henry felt lucky. He had four friends.

Exactly enough to make a basketball team.

To Henry, playing sports was better than triple-scoop ice cream. Better than the circus coming to town. Better than anything.

Henry dribbled the ball just inside the chalk line he’d drawn across his driveway. It marked the boundary of his backyard basketball court.

He did a spin move and drove for the basket. A layup is too easy, thought Henry. Instead, he pulled up short. He aimed and threw up a mid-range jump shot. Swish!

“I could squash you like a bug,” snarled a gruff voice.

“Huh?” Henry stared at the boy at the top of his driveway. He had spiky hair. His body slouched to one side.

“Me and my friends,” said Tough Guy. “The Tigers. We can beat anybody.”

“Yeah?” said Henry. “Well, I’ve got friends that are good, too.”

“I doubt it,” sneered Tough Guy.

I’d like to squash him like a bug, thought Henry.

But he didn’t say it out loud. Instead, he said, “We challenge you. Tomorrow. Right here—three o’clock.”

“Your funeral,” said Tough Guy.

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