- 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: 101,940
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).
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 SLJ"