Somersaults and Dreams: Making the Grade by Cate Shearwater
First book in a series of three
Fiction based around Ellie and her dreams to become a top gymnast
Set in the UK
Aimed at children aged 8 years and up
Written by a gym mum for her Baskerville Gym Club daughter, author Cate Shearwater also spent time with the GB National Squad before writing to ensure her stories stayed as realistic as possible. Normally, much of the gymnastic-themed fiction available is set in the US so this UK-based offering is something of a rarity.
The three books in the series – Making the Grade, Rising Star and Going for Gold – are based around Ellie and her dreams to become a top gymnast. Along the way there are plenty of set-backs, friendships, rivalries and triumphs.
GB rhythmic Olympic and Commonwealth gymnast Lynne Hutchinson classifies the books as inspiring while there are plenty of other big thumbs up reviews from the gymnastic-passionate.
Making The Grade:
Ellie has a dream . . . to become a world-class gymnast. When she’s offered a place at the prestigious London Gymnastics Academy, it looks like she has a chance to make that dream come true. But there are many obstacles to overcome, new friends to make, and rivalries to face! Will she make it, against all the odds?