Winning Team

Winning Team

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 233 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • Hyperion Books for Children
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1423136330
  • 9781423136330
  • 226,989

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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) Kirkus"
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About Dominique Moceanu

Dominique Moceanu ( 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 ( 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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249 ratings
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5 51% (128)
4 23% (58)
3 20% (50)
2 4% (10)
1 1% (3)
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