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Balancing Act

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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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Liralen
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Mmm. Two and a half stars. This ends up being pretty generic middle-grade fluff—Carli's a middle-school gymnast with Olympic aspirations, but her dreams are threatened by her parents' lack of interest in sports and their desire to have Carli's help around the ranch closer to full-time.

If this were YA, it would be a flat two stars; I'm rounding up rather than down because this is pretty short, aimed at a younger audience, and just isn't really intended to have that much depth. Still, I'd have lik
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Nicola
Feb 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children, gymnastics
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
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 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Jacquelinegs2
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
I read this book on my train ride home and it was a quick and easy read. It kept me interested since, I have done gymnastics for about 15 years and that I have also been a coach for over ten years now. However, I felt like they could of continued the story. It was like they just wanted to keep it short and simple and did not want to continue the story. I left it up to my imagination to the rest of the story.
Kamryn Purcell
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alanna
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
such a great book
Emma Rasband
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love dancing and gymnastics is bacicaly the same thing. this book was a good one
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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.

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