For fans of Make It Or Break It, a novel about the road to Olympics for the world's most elite gymnasts.Work harder than anyone. Be the most talented. Sacrifice everything. And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics. Grace
lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough. Leigh
, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life... and a secret that could ruin everything. Camille
wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away. Wilhelmina
was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what. Monica
is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they?
By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.
June 7, 2016
12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
Caela Carter is an author of books about teens and children. She grew up in Baltimore, MD and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Caela teaches at-risk kids and teens in alternative education programs. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School in New York. Her previous books include Me, Him, Them and It
and My Best Friend, Maybe
for teenagers and My Life with the Liars
for middle grade readers. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her puppy.
"Completely gripping. I felt like I had a front row seat to the Olympic Trials. All readers, especially fans of gymnastics, will love this book and wish it would not have to end."--Miranda Kenneally
, author of Catching Jordan
"Gymnastics-lovers of all ages will eagerly soak up this intimate look at the sport."--Publishers Weekly
"Gymnastic books for teens are surprisingly few, and Carter has crafted an intense look into the pressures of this ambitious and all-consuming lifestyle."--Booklist
"Character development carries this story, making an engaging read even for those not interested in gymnastics."--VOYA
"Carter has created five memorable characters whose voices resonate long after the story ends."--School Library Journal
A Junior Library Guild Selection