Winning Team (Go-for-Gold Gymnasts Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Book one in the fliptastic Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series follows four girls as they navigate family, friends, school, and the super competitive world of gymnastics.
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Winning Team (Go-for-Gold Gymnasts Series #1)

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Overview

Book one in the fliptastic Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series follows four girls as they navigate family, friends, school, and the super competitive world of gymnastics.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Olympic gold medalist Moceanu pairs up with Thompson (Psyche Major Syndrome) for this first book in the Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series. When 12-year-old Britt and her parents relocate from Ohio to Texas so that she can train at an elite gymnastics facility, she is both apprehensive about the move and excited about belonging to a team. But fitting in with her teammates isn’t easy. That Britt isn’t entirely portrayed as an innocent victim who’s snubbed as an outsider enhances the story’s authenticity. She isn’t blameless: she’s prone to hurtful gaffes, and her attempts at humor often misfire. Trying to do the right thing, she further alienates her peers when she breaks a teammate’s confidence. Britt’s repeated identification with characters from To Kill a Mockingbird (which she’s reading with her grandmother, who homeschools her) are sometimes forced. But her longing to belong and loneliness—amplified by Britt’s mother’s preoccupation with work—are moving. Gymnasts will appreciate the insider language and details drawn from Moceanu’s knowledge and experience. Simultaneously available: Balancing Act. Ages 10–14. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Apr.)
VOYA - Elizabeth Norton
Twelve-year-old Brittany Morgan and her family have just moved from Ohio to Texas so Brittany, a competitive gymnast, can train with the Texas Twisters, one of the best elite teams in the country. Britt was the only elite gymnast at her gym in Ohio, and she has always wanted teammates. The Twisters do not exactly welcome her, though, and she feels isolated and lonely in spite of her best efforts to make friends. Things only get worse when Britt begins to suspect that Jessie, the only member of the Twisters who has been friendly, may have an eating disorder. Thompson and former Olympic gymnast Moceanu kick off a new series with this volume. Although predictable, the story moves at a good pace and the characters are well developed. Britt is a realistic, if slightly immature, heroine, and readers will identify with her loneliness and attempts to make friends, as well as her wish to have a better relationship with her mother. The rigors and pitfalls of elite gymnastics training are described in great detail. Jessie's eating disorder is resolved a bit too simply, however. This book will have a niche audience and is a good purchase for libraries where sports stories are popular. Reviewer: Elizabeth Norton
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—In this new series, 12-year-old Brittany and her parents move from Ohio to Austin, TX, so that she can join an elite gymnastics training program. Problems arise when she tries to fit in with her three new teammates: Jessie, the friendliest until Britt blabs her suspicions about Jessie's bulimia; Christina, the best gymnast, who dislikes the new girl and the new competition; and Noelle, a total Christina-follower. There's plenty of preteen angst to keep the plot thickening, and the authors skillfully include plenty of facts about the sport. However, the vocabulary—especially in the dialogue among the girls—seems way too difficult and improbable for 12-year-olds—e.g., "heinous," "archnemesis," "livid," "celebratory," "conspiring." A recurring theme in which homeschooled Brittany compares herself to Boo Radley and her situation to his in To Kill a Mockingbird seems totally wrong. It appears to be a failed attempt to lend some literary value to an otherwise rather lightweight book. With a dearth of good sports fiction on this subject aimed at middle-grade girls, this one is acceptable even with its drawbacks. It will no doubt be a popular choice for the intended audience.—Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Finally, young female gymnasts have a book to call their own in this first title in The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series, co-authored by Olympic gold medalist Moceanu. Having recently achieved Junior Elite status, Brittany Morgan (who's 12 but looks like a 9-year-old) and her family uproot from Ohio to Austin, Texas, so Brittany can train with the prestigious Texas Twisters and continue her path to the Olympics. The overconfident, homeschooled girl's biggest chance to make new friends is with fellow trainees Christina, Noelle and Jessie, but somehow she keeps putting her foot in her mouth rather than solidly on the beam before her. She tries to temper her impulsivity in the face of Christina's insecurities and Jessie's possible eating disorder. The pedestrian, first-person narration's self-comparisons to Boo Radley will probably be lost on most in this audience, who are unlikely to have read To Kill a Mockingbird. In a predictable ending, Brittany realizes the true meaning and spirit of teamwork and brings her renewed enthusiasm to the rest of the Texas Twisters. This insider's view gives an interesting perspective on gymnasts' lives, from their grueling work schedule and training methods to risk of injuries and even superstitious obsessions, but don't expect any winning medals. (Fiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423154303
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Go-for-Gold Gymnasts Series , #1
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 87,359
  • File size: 488 KB

Meet the Author

Dominique Moceanu (www.dominique-moceanu.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Dominique Moceanu: An American Champion. As a member of the women's gymnastics team, she won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. She now tours the country as an ambassador for the sport, doing clinics and summer camps and speaking with young gymnasts. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and two children.
Alicia Thompson (www.alicia-thompson.com) is the author of the young adult novel Psych Major Syndrome. She also co-wrote an updated version of The Secret Language of Birthdays for teens, and has contributed stories to Girls' Life. She lives with her husband and son in Riverview, Florida.

Together, they are the authors of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series: Winning Team and Balancing Act plus Reaching High and Unexpected Twist (both scheduled for Summer 2012).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Sooo good

    This book is soo good so far! I am a gymnast and this book is great!

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesome book!! Really inspirational! I <3 gymnastics!!

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    I am a team member

    I am a team member of the gymnastics team assosiatian on level 4 and i very much enjoyed this book very much because Brittany there is an elite and she can do many things that are pretty awesome and i love kinda of the atitude and the sassy parts like when Christina sasses Brittany when she makes a stupid comment to her.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    I'm considering purchasing this book. Is it written for childre

    I'm considering purchasing this book. Is it written for children, teens, or adults? Thanks!

    8 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    GREAT

    I LOVE this book!!!!!

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    I really liked this book, it taught me a lot about gymnastics! W

    I really liked this book, it taught me a lot about gymnastics! Wish it was longer though.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is awesome I am not a gymnast but I love this book it is amazing . Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Katherine Hart Part Two

    This book is a really inspiring book about gymnastics and the importance of teamwork.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Hi

    I LOVE THIS BOOK IM A GYMNAST A MUST READ IF U R VONE : D EVEN WHEN U ARNT VONE : D A GYMNAST

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Love it

    I love this book so much i could read it 100 times

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    AWSOME

    I love this book. Im a competitite gymnast and I must say this is the best series ever!! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    These are great books!!!!!!!

    I love this seires uts awsome ive been doing gymnastics for 7 years and these books are tottaly inspirng! I would reccomend for ages 8 and up

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Ages.....

    This book is great! It us mostly meant for ages 11-15.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    New Mistclan

    New cats wanted go to Emerald Atlas.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    YeAh

    GrEaT IsT AsWdEdScOhMfE (CAPITALS)

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Just the sample

    I just have the sample and I love it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    To 9th review

    Liar. &hearts &star &starf &#9825

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Gymnastics

    Ilove it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Love gymnastics

    I love to read about gymnasts and gymnastics so, i'm totally going get this book soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Tara woody

    AMAZING book !!!!! Mist read!!!!!!! Name is
    Tara woody please reply

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