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Balancing Act

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Thirteen-year-old Carli lives on her family's guest ranch in Colorado. She's a talented gymnast, but her parents are too busy running their business to give her much support. Carli develops a strong bond with her new coach, who believes that he can help her achieve her goal of Olympic glory. Carli dedicates herself to the vault, uneven bars, and balance beam, but just as s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Kingfisher (first published April 7th 2008)
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Jacquelinegs2
This book was about a girl that knows that she wants to achieve her dreams of being a gold medal gymnast, but in order to do that she has to spend more time training at the gym. But she struggles with both school and home chores, she needs to balance everything equally.
I thought this book was really typical and anticipated. Also is wasn't really realistic(because I am a gymnast myself) and was way more dramatic than it needed to be. On the positive side, there was a lot of issues that the main
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Nicola
AWFUL.

I picked this up because it was literally the only in-print novel about gymnastics that I could find. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but, even as a sweet children's story about triumph over adversity, it fails miserably.

Balancing Act is about 13-year-old Carli's struggle to balance her love for gymnastics with her parents' insistence that she work long hours on their ranch in Colorado. We don't learn much about Carli except that she likes horses! and the outdoors! and she speaks! with l
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Amanda
Balancing Act was the first one of Donna King's books that I put on my to-read list, but the last one I have read (so far). It is just as good as the other ones and still has lessons and sports thrown into one book. I hope she does a volleyball or track one. Anyway, Carli is a talented gymnast. There is a problem, though. She doesn't seem to have enough time to devote herself to improving, and her family is not rich. It is up to Carli to determine a way to do what she loves while still being wit ...more
Jocelyn
Aug 10, 2010 Jocelyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rachel, Joelle
A really easy read. I love gymnastics and all, but whenever gymnastics come to a story, well... Stories of gymnastics or of any sport aren't usually very interesting... Because there is nothing really to talk about in a story. And it isn't as easy to visualize it if it's only words. The experience is much better if you're actually SEEING it or watching it, but in a story... Well there's not much to say, and is not much of a story.

But this book shows actual situations in real life of the balance
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Kamryn Purcell
i think that balancing act is a very good book. Even though carlis parents can't help her with her gymnastics because they are to hung up with their business carli is still able to get though it herself .
Katie
this book was a little hard to understand at the start for me. and then it seemed a bit simple and straight forword when her other books have more complicated plots.
Carmen
It was a little short. Would've liked if they'd gone into more detail about Carli's gymnastics. An then also carried on after the competition as well.
Ishani
This book looks good and Donna's books are usually from a sports point of view. Wish me luck!
Emma Rasband
I love dancing and gymnastics is bacicaly the same thing. this book was a good one
Alanna
such a great book
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Donna King is a pen name for best-selling author Jenny Oldfield.

Jenny was born and brought up in Harrogate, Yorkshire, she says that even as a child she wrote stories and made tiny books, complete with illustrations. At school her favourite subjects were English, although she preferred creative writing to comprehension, and Art.

Jenny went on to study English at Birmingham University, where she did
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