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The Flip Side
by Shawn Johnson and Amy Sonnichsen


Overview - From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games.
Charlie Ryland has a secret.
She may "seem" like your average high school sophomore but she s just really good at pretending.
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Overview
From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games.
Charlie Ryland has a secret.
She may "seem" like your average high school sophomore but she s just really good at pretending.
Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it s not easy flying under the radar when you re aiming for Olympic gold especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.
Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481460217
  • ISBN-10: 1481460218
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Johnson, an Olympic gold-medalist gymnast and memoirist (Winning Balance), segues into fiction with this YA debut. Sophomore Charlie Ryland, who’s contending for a spot on the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, is keeping her athletic life a secret from her classmates: “In order to maintain some semblance of normality in my life, I perform a balancing act.” That balance topples when she severely sprains her ankle while attending prom with her crush, against the wishes of her protective parents. The accident is doubly devastating, as it jeopardizes Charlie’s Olympic dreams and makes public her status as an elite gymnast. Writing with Sonnichsen (Red Butterfly), Johnson offers crisp accounts of Charlie’s grueling gymnastic training and physical and mental fortitude, while also credibly conveying her anguish at maintaining dual identities and her remorse at the hurt that her deceptions cause. Though there’s little doubt that Charlie will stick the landing, so to speak, in the novel’s exhilarating finale, readers will be drawn into her passionate devotion to both spheres of her life. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Keene, Octagon. (June)

 
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