Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas

Book Summary

The main character, Joey, is trying to be in a healthy mental space as she prepares for Regionals. Her best friend and teammate is considering quitting gymnastics all together. Joey's older sister is a retired Regionals gymnastics champion, her coach is a beast, and her parents have been hinting that maybe it's time for her to enjoy real life, instead of her constant training regimen.
Gold Medal Summer book cover
Gold Medal Summer

Book Review

This content is a shade too mature for many upper elementary readers; it sits better for 6th grade and up. Lots of appeal for anyone who relates to the tension between the desire to be great at one thing and the desire to enjoy lots of other things, too.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Gymnastics
  • Balancing Dedication to a Goal with Well-Roundedness
  • First Romance
  • Athletic Training

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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