Balancing Act: The Gymnastics Series #1 by April Adams
First book in a series of four.
Fiction based around a team of five gymnasts, all struggling to overcome their own challenges.
Aimed at 9-12 year olds – a good follow-on for older children after the Somersaults and Dreams series.
A 4-book collection, the Gymnastic Series made up of ‘Balancing Act’, ‘Tumbling Dreams’, ‘Flipping Out’ and ‘Off Rhythm’ are written by an ex-competitive gymnast.
The series follows the fortunes of the Kips gym team as they struggle their way to the Nationals. Each of the five girls have something different to contend with including an OCD condition, growth spurts, home problems, emotional challenges and deteriorating scores.
Five girls. Four events. And only one gold medal. Floor routine. Uneven bars. Vault. And balance beam. 90 seconds. 75 seconds. 7 seconds. 90 seconds. In gymnastics, your best friends are your biggest rivals. And the Bellevue Kips are feeling the pressure. Everyone wants to win best all-around gymnast at Optionals and State finals, but only one girl goes home with gold. Who will it be? Nadia: Gymnastics royalty. Beam is her event. Gold is in her DNA. But how far is she willing to go to win? Bethany: Best on floor. Worst on vault. Does Bethany’s height spell gymnastics doom? Sara: They used to call her Tree Frog. Now, she’s too scared to tumble backwards. Can she get it together in time to compete? Kelley: Gymnast. Soccer Star. And ballerina. The time has come to choose her sport. What is she willing to sacrifice to win? Jamie: The new girl and the squad’s biggest mystery. Will she crumble under pressure? Or will she give them all a run for their money? The countdown to competition has begun. Will it make them? Or break them?