- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Format: Paperback | 233 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 188mm x 18mm | 159g
- Publication date: 17 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1423136330
- ISBN 13: 9781423136330
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 98,065
Twelve-year-old Brittany Lee Morgan is the best. Or, at least she was at her gymnastics training gym in Ohio. But when her family moves to Texas for a world-class facility, Britt is suddenly a zero in the eyes of her new teammates. The other girls-graceful Christina, perfect Noelle, and quiet Jessie-aren't exactly excited by the arrival of the pint-sized powerhouse. Especially since Britt has a way of saying the wrong thing at all the wrong times. But, Britt's not scared of a challenge: she's an Elite Gymnast, and she didn't get there without taking some major risks. She's determined to become friends with the other Texas Twisters, whether they want her to or not.
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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).
2Q 3P M 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.-Elizabeth Norton. VOYA"