Joey Jordan is a gymnast with lots of personality and lots of potential, but she's never quite made it to that gold-medal stand. Now she's at a crossroads in her competitive career: Her parents are tired of the toll the sport enacts on their family. Her best friend Alex is thinking of quitting, and a cute boy named Tanner - whom Joey doesn't have time to see - makes a "normal" life sound awfully attractive. But then her coach suggests some exciting new routines that play to Joey's strengths as a gymnast, and as she finds the bravery to navigate all the other changes in her life, her gold-medal summer might happen at last.
Drawing on her own experience as a competitive gymnast, acclaimed novelist Donna Freitas delivers both a terrific sports story and a classic middle-grade novel about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.
Donna Freitas participated in competitive gymnastics for seven years, retiring due to injury at the age of fifteen. She is now the author of seven books, including the young-adult novels THIS GORGEOUS GAME and THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD, which received five starred reviews. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit her website at http://www.donnafreitas.com.