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The Perfect Gymnast

By Bossley, Michele Martin

$8.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Abby has been having a hard time since her family moved from Edmonton to Calgary--she misses her best friend, and at school she feels terribly awkward, a klutz.

So she's outraged when her mother signs her up for gymnastics at a local club; outraged, that is, until Hilary befriends her. Hilary is outgoing, confident, and a top-ranked gymnast: in short, everything Abby wants to be. Soon, however, she discovers that Hilary has a serious problem: an eating disorder she tries to keep secret from everyone. Abby wants to act, but doesn't know whether she'll be helping Hilary or betraying her.

The Perfect Gymnast is a story about a girl who struggles to do the right thing, even at the risk of losing her best friend.


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1996

"The Perfect Gymnast will introduce to the young reader the subject of eating disorders and the pressure often felt by athletes to be unrealistically thin in an honest, sensitive manner. The novel's characters are appealing because they are regular, everyday kids attempting to deal with tough problem, and young female readers will find Bossley's novel a welcome addition to the sports stories genre. The Perfect Gymnast is fast-paced, informative, and -- at only seventy-six pages -- attractive even to reluctant readers."

- Sara Brodie Canadian Materials

MICHELE MARTIN BOSSLEY was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., but grew up in Calgary from the time she was five. She is the author of ten other children\s books including Taking a Dive runner-up for the R. Ross Annett Award in Children's Literature and The Perfect Gymnast nominated for the 1999 Manitoba Reader's Choice Award. One of her more recent books Pool Princess has been nominated for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Award. Michele has been involved in both synchronized swimming and competitive swimming since her teens. She has also coached young swimmers and draws on much of that experience for her books.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 76 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9781550285109
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552777497
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032200
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


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  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

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