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Vegas Tryout

By Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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Series: Lorimer Podium Sports Academy

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Toronto synchro swimmer Carrie Munroe is Podium Sports Academy's team flyer and the school's best prospect for making it at the upcoming Vegas tryouts -- fulfilling her dreams of being in a glitz-and-glamour professional show. Carrie feels there's only one thing holding her back -- the weekly poolside weigh-ins. Her coach agrees, and Carrie is put on a special diet to control her weight. But the pressure to succeed while also dealing with troublesome family members back home lead Carrie to make some very risky decision about her health and eating habits.

To come out on top, Carrie will have to accept that although she may not have the typical swimmer's body, she has the strength to be the best -- but only if she takes care of herself.

[Fry reading level - 3.0

Awards

Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2012

"This exploration of teenage anorexia is well-written with a tie-in to the synchronized sports culture"

Rated G - Good, even great at times, generally useful!

- Myra Junyk Resource Links

"Vegas Tryout successfully conveys the high stakes in competitive sports and the diligence and determination of those teens"

- Nicole Dalmer CM Magazine

"The characters in [Podium Sports Academy are not only involved in a variety of sports, but they also represent the various nationalities that we see in Canada. The books provide teens with the opportunity to talk about what might be happening in their own lives and to see how the characters in each story deal with the issues."

- Sandra O'Brien Canadian Children's Book News

"Carrie [is a believable, sympathetic character dealing with realistic situations that many teens can relate to... Nicholson writes with a deft touch that will appeal to many readers"

- Mary-Esther Lee Sister's Library

"The plot is simple, but hard-hitting, and it accurately depicts anorexia and how it affects teens... tackles difficult teen problems in an easy-to-read style."

- Kira Moody School Library Journal

LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has written picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and non-fiction. She has also written, produced, and hosted programs for television and radio, and is well known in Western Canada for her print journalism, including sports writing. Lorna regularly visits schools to share her passion for literacy with students. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and their two dogs.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400702
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400719
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400726
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.1.0.0, JUV014000, JUV039140
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.0
Lexile Reading Level: HL540L

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Fast-paced hi/lo sports fiction

Series features

  • Ideal for reluctant readers
  • Recurring cast of multicultural boy and girl characters
  • Storylines include issues such as hazing, drug use, eating disorders
  • Sports focus on hockey, synchro swimming, lacrosse, soccer and basketball
  • Written by novelist and sports expert Lorna Schultz Nicholson

"These hi/lo books tackle difficult teen problems in an easy-to-read style"
School Library Journal

"Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold"
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"a no-fear approach to writing about serious issues that have resonance with real life"
CM Magazine

Lorna Schultz Nicholson is an experienced sports writer. She is the bestselling author of several books in the Lorimer Sports Stories series for young readers. Her Podium Sports Academy series reflects the experiences of top ranked athletes and teens who have been billeted away from home to play sports at real-life elite sports high schools.

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