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Apr 27 2012

Go Girl: Sink or swim by Thalia Kalkipsakis

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2012 ( first published 2008 ). ISBN 978 174297138 4.
(Age 7-10) The Go Girl books have been around for a few years but the recent publications are new stories with a new jacket style. This series is Australian and according to the publisher's website 'provide(s) simple, real-life stories about characters experiencing and exploring new situations . . .'
Bec in Sink or Swim is excited about being promoted to a new swimming group. She goes from being the best swimmer to the least experienced in her group. Everything is going fine until the big race when Bec becomes nervous about her performance.
Bec has to learn to deal with her anxiety and to trust her own abilities. This would be a situation that many children encounter and it gives them an insight into dealing with their own worries and stress.
Thalia Kalkipsakis has made Bec a believable character and girls will be able to identify with her problems.
I would recommend this book to girls aged 7 to 10 years.
For the earlier books go to this site but for this new series visit here (the students will need to log in with a password for this site).
Jane Moore

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