Reading Riot: Winning Olympic Titles

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The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program  – Read for the Win! – ties in nicely to the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio which open August 5. If you’ve got sports fever, check out these fiction titles about teens chasing their Olympic dreams. They might inspire you to go for the gold!

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling cover girl gymnast swinging on barsGrace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica practically sacrificed their childhoods training to be world-class gymnasts. Now they are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials; some will be stars and some will go home with nothing but all their lives will be changed forever. A riveting story that will make you feel like you have a front-row seat at the Olympic trials.

Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein

Susan and Steven, two teen reporters, usually cover sporting events together. Now with Susan competing as a world champion swimmer, Steven is covering her. With Olympic gold – and possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars – on the line, the couple  attempts to solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freita

Joey Jordan loves gymnastics, the backflip on the beam, the cheers of the audience. But so far she has not made it to the gold medal stand. Now big changes are shaking up her life. She experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics. Joey considers giving up her own dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life but her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level.

Go for Gold Gymnastics: Winning Team & Balancing Act by Dominique Moceanu

Two books in one about young gymnasts with Olympic dreams written by an Olympic gold medalist. The stories reveal meaningful life lessons and the heart it takes to compete in sports.

Read for the win this summer and earn prizes!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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