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The worst gymnast / by Thalia Kalkipsakis.

By: Kalkipsakis, Thalia.
Contributor(s): Oswald, Ash | Oswald, Ash (ill.) [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Go girl!: 6; Go girl!: #2.; Go girl!: ; Go girl!: 02.Publisher: Prahan, Vic. : E2, 2005Description: 86 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1920878572.Subject(s): Gymnasts -- Juvenile fiction | Girls -- Juvenile fiction | Gymnastics -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories, Australian -- Juvenile fiction | Children's sports storiesGenre/Form: Children's stories, Australian. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: Children's Chapter Book
Gemma loves gymnastics. But she has just had the worst class ever, and her coach isn't happy. Are Gemma's gym dreams over? Or will her clever plan keep her on the team? Suggested level: primary.
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DREAM BIG Gemma loves gymnastics. But she's just had the worst class EVER, and her coach isn't happy. Is Gemma's life as a gymnast over? Or will her clever plan keep her on the team?

Gemma loves gymnastics. But she has just had the worst class ever, and her coach isn't happy. Are Gemma's gym dreams over? Or will her clever plan keep her on the team? Suggested level: primary.

For girls aged 5-9 years.

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Gemma stood at the start of the runway, ready to run. She pictured a handspring in her mind-- legs together, butt tucked in . . . up and over the vault . But she didn't run yet. She was waiting for Michael to nod his head. Michael was Gemma's gymnastics coach. He kicked a safety mat into place, then stood next to the vault, ready to help Gemma over. Finally, Michael nodded his head. Gemma wiped her hands on her legs and looked at the vault. Then she ran. She ran fast, pumping her arms. As Gemma ran up to the vault, Michael reached in to help her over. But as Gemma jumped, her foot slipped. Her legs flew apart and her butt stuck out. She did it all wrong. She was just about to crash into the vault when Michael pushed her up and over-- legs apart, butt out, almost over . . . Thud! One of Gemma's legs--out of control--hit Michael in the face. Gemma landed on her back, with her arms and legs out. It had been a very bad vault. Excerpted from The Worst Gymnast by Thalia Kalkipsakis All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Gr 1-3-In Secret Club, Tamsin Reilly meets three girls on her first day in a new school. Ivy and Nina are immediately friendly, but Casey seems upset and Tamsin thinks she doesn't like her. One afternoon, she notices that all three girls have matching anklets with the letters "SS" dangling from them and learns that they have a club called "Secret Sisters." All ends happily when she is accepted by the group and becomes a member. In the second book, Gemma is excited to be on a gymnastics team in spite of the hard work. After an embarrassing vault attempt, she accidentally kicks her coach in the face, giving him a bloody nose. Later, she finds herself doing extra strength training while her teammates finish their workout with some stretching, and she feels that she is being punished. Soon, she discovers that she is getting stronger, and it is showing in her routines. Both books are simple in language and story structure, making them accessible to young readers who are making their first foray into chapter books and good choices for reluctant readers. The girls are of no specific age or grade, which helps make the books seem relevant for a wider audience, but it doesn't leave them with much character development or personality. Oswald's cartoon illustrations represent scenes from the stories and include small dialogue balloons. Mediocre series fare.-Bethany A. Lafferty, Las Vegas-Clark County Library, NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.