Jessie Ivy is a long-limbed, quiet girl on the Texas Twisters gymnastics team. Just starting her freshman year, she decides that she doesn't want to be the shy wallflower anymore and tries out for the cheerleading team. With her tumbling capabilities, she easily makes the team. But with cheer practice taking up all of her time, she finds it nearly impossible to make time for her gymnastic friends. Will she have to choose between the two, or can she find a way to make her friendships balance?
Long-limbed, red-haired Jessie might be the quiet girl on the Texas Twisters, but she's a force to be reckoned with where it counts-on the vault and in her heart. With freshman year on the horizon, Jesse decides that it's time to stop hiding in the shadow of her teammates and do the last thing anyone expects: join the cheerleading squad. Jessie proves that her gymnastic skills make her a perfect fit for the team, and becoming friends with the team captain makes Jessie feel like people care about her, and not just her talent.
But with cheer practice suddenly taking up all of her spare time, Jessie barely gets the chance to see her fellow gymnasts. Can Jessie bridge the gap between her new teammates and old friends? Or will she have to pick between being a cheerleader and being a gymnast?
Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson present The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts, a fliptastic series full of heart, humor, and spirit! Follow the four girls as they navigate the world of competitive gymnastics, try to balance their passion with normal lives, and learn to believe in the power of friendship.
Dominique Moceanu (www.dominique-moceanu.com) is the author of The New York Times best-selling Dominique Moceanu: An American Champion. As a member of the women's gymnastics team, she won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. She now tours the country as an ambassador for the sport, doing clinics and summer camps and speaking with young gymnasts. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and two children.
Alicia Thompson (www.alicia-thompson.com) is the author of the young adult novel Psych Major Syndrome. She also co-wrote an updated version of The Secret Language of Birthdays for teens, and has contributed stories to Girls' Life. She lives with her husband and son in Riverview, Florida.
Together, they are the authors of all four books in The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series: Winning Team, Balancing Act, Reaching High and Unexpected Twist.