Flipping Out: The Gymnastics Series #3 by April Adams
Third 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.
With Sara temporarily on medical leave and Bethany no longer competing with the squad, Nadia is poised to dominate at the Nationals. Or so she thinks. Introducing Raven. Her parents just divorced and according to Google Maps, the Bellevue Kips Gymnastic Club is equidistant from their houses. Split down the middle, just like everything else. Jamie was comfortable being the new kid on the squad, but struggling to find her place on the team now that she is old news. “Jamie felt the pang of something like jealousy. Jamie never got jealous. This felt different. This was already affecting her routine. This affected her dreams. Jamie would have to do some research. She would convince Judi to let her try her own special move. And she would perfect it before Nationals. Because without a truly spectacular dismount, there was no way she was bringing home gold.” Will the girls pull it together and place at Nationals or will the drama of competing against your own team-mates leave these gymnasts Flipping Out?