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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545327881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545327886
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Joey Jordan 13, is an elite gymnast-she spends eight hours a day at the gym, leaving little time for boys, friends outside of her teammates, and other typical teenage activities. Her older sister retired from gymnastics after winning the national title, and Joey's parents are so burned out that they don't even attend her competitions. But things are changing. Joey's best friend is thinking about giving up gymnastics. Joey is working behind the back of her ultra-strict coach with her sister and assistant coach on new routines that play more to her strengths. And she's become reacquainted with an old friend who's now incredibly "hot" and wants to be her boyfriend-but boyfriends are forbidden because they can destroy an athlete's focus. Joey has never won a gold medal at competitions, but she wonders if she can win the upcoming regional championships and then go further. Donna Freitas was a competitive gymnast, and her novel (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012) convincingly presents the stress, excitement, pain, and pure joy of the sport. Jaselyn Blanchard convincingly portrays the young protagonist as well as the other characters. Although many aspects of the story are predictable, the plot and characters will appeal to the many tweens who will be particularly interested in gymnastics after the success of this year's U.S. Olympic team.-Margo Tanenbaum, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


Praise for Gold Medal Summer

"Gold Medal Summer more successfully reflects the competitive gymnast's spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas's flashier style and relatable protagonist, 13-year-old Joey Jordan." —The New York Times Book Review

"A sports story that handsprings away from romance and toward a commendable joy in accomplishment." —Kirkus

"Freitas is a former competitive gymnast, and her descriptions of routines are taut and eye-opening. Although the hardships of the sport are not underplayed, this is a largely positive novel about hard work and self-confidence." —School Library Journal

More About the Author

Donna Freitas is the author of both fiction and nonfiction. Over the years she has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal,The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek. Donna has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She writes children's novels for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and FSG, and she loves it very much! Donna splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain.

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I would recommend this book to somebody that likes gymnastics ir just loves yo read about!!!!
Katie Grogan
Gold Metal Summer is a novel to read if you like competitive sports or have a gymnast inside you waiting to get out.
princess bookie
Sections of the book are separated by quotes from famous gymnasts, such as Nadia Comaneci and Dominique Dawes.
Little Willow

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Knapp on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Joey loves gymnastics, though the sport and her coach demand a lot of her. Her older sister quit at the top, and her parents have decided that it's too painful to watch the competitions, so although they support Joey's gym work financially, they do not attend events not support her much emotionally. Her best friend on the team is burned out and seriously thinking of quitting. Freitas, who was a competitive gymnast herself peppers the dialogue and descriptions with details of the life and routines of a gymnast. There are demanding coaches, heart-wrenching falls and catty teammates and competitors. A romance enters the picture, with a boy who seems a bit too good to be true. I was a tiny bit surprised that eating disorders were not mentioned. Along with showing the hard work, Freitas captures the joy of winning and the thrill of a routine well done. Best for young teens who love gymnastics, who will appreciate the realistic passages of bar, beam, vaulting and floor routines.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lauren minor on December 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the book! I LOVE books like this!

I would recommend it to gymnasts who would know what the moves are, I relate because I am a junior Olympian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Heise on July 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Donna Freitas' first book, THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD, and I expected a similar style of a fun, contemporary, romantic book with a teen girl coming into her own and finding her own strength in becoming confident in herself. GOLD MEDAL SUMMER met that expectation in a great middle grades story that is very timely with the summer Olympics coming up this summer. This book was a quick read because it is definitely written on a level for 5th-8th grades, but it touches on a lot of themes throughout. It's a sports story, but it's also a story about family and friendships and young romance.

I really enjoyed the realism of the whole story. There was no unnecessary drama, it all just felt true to what these young girls would have been going through. There's also a great guy character as the romantic interest who is just a sweetheart. The insiders view of competitive gymnastics was intriguing, and made all the more interesting by knowing that the author was a competitive gymnast herself when she was younger. I completely bought into the family dynamics in this story as well. Joey is struggling with her relationships with her older sister and both of her parents, but she is able to come to terms and deal with them in a mature way.

When I met the author at NCTE, she said that she wrote the book she would have wanted to read when she was 12. I can see how that's true and think many other girls will feel the same way. Overall this was an enjoyable book that I will definitely be handing off to my students in the fall. I imagine the girls will be reading and passing this one on to each other.

Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: Do you like gymnastics? Watch Make It Or Break It on ABCFamily? This book reminds me so much of Make It Or Break It, which I love.

We are introduced to Joey who is into gymnastics. She wants to follow in her older sister Julia's footsteps. She wants to be as great as her, but not retire like her.

Joey wants to win the Gold. Not the Silver or the Bronze, but the Gold.

Joey spends all of her time training, she doesn't have time for anything else. As she watches her friend Alex give up the dream of gymnastics, it just encourages Joey to spend more time focusing on herself than other things such as boys.

But as a boy comes back to town named Tanner, Joey has a lot of decisions to make and fast! A gymnast must focus. She must not let boy drama stand in her way.

Joey knows she can be better, do better; if only she had a better routine to fit her needs and talents so she goes behind her coach's back and starts practicing with someone else. It's just what she needs to win Nationals. With the support of her family (finally) and friends she believes this will be the chance she has been wanting for.

Gold Metal Summer was a fun read. I actually knew all the lingo for bends and tumbles because I have watched a few shows and read a few books about gymnastics. I wasn't completely in the dark, I knew what Joey was talking about!!! I could see her doing the moves in my mind.

This novel was a bittersweet read. It made me so happy. I felt giddy for most of it wanting to succeed in this dream with her.

Overall: What can I say? This book actually had depth to it, but it was also quirky and fun. I liked experiencing Joey's life with her.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Hi my name is Ella and my name is certainly not Peter at all. Whenever I rate books on my Kindle it will rate as Peter, he signed into his own Amazon account.
This book is so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry about the exclamation marks there. I can't believe that Coach Angelo goes mad at Joey because she didn't land properly. Some coaches will say make sure to tighten your body when you do any moves and before you land. I wouldn't like to have a Coach that just SCREAMS at you, I would just like a calm one you know or maybe alittle bit strict one and also calm.
When Joey was at the beach doing flips and practicing her handstand, she couldn't believe a boy started to talk to her. "Hi, do you remember me or not?"
"No I don't remember you actually," when she was walking on hands alittle bit away from him. She couldn't believe that the boy was so cute. After she came up she could see even more how cute the boy was.
"Do you remember me?" He continued. "I'm T.J. remember?"
"Oh hi T.J. Ididn't relize it was you because I was upside down doing a handstand."
"Acutally I don't go by T.J. anymore I go by Tanner."
"Well I better go because I got gymnastics training," she said putting on her flipflops on and getting her gymnastics bag.
Her assisant Coach taught Joey her new routines for Beam and Floor. The floor music made Joey smile and she LOVED the music every Friday night she could wi in the All-Arounds.
When the big day came she did her Floor Routine and after she had stick the landing she posed for a minute and she couldn't believe that the audience cheered wild for her!
Did her beam routine and after she had landed everyone in the audience cheer was wild again…
Find out what happeneds after the big All-Around competition!!!!
READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
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