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Balancing Act (Unbeatable): An Unbeatable Story [Paperback]

Donna King
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7 April 2008 Unbeatable Story
Carli Carroll (13), lives in Colorado on the family-run guest ranch. She excels as a gymnast, but Carli's parents give all their time to ranch business. She has to find her own coach to take her forward to the big time - Olympic glory. But before she can excel, her parents intervene. They need her to help out more on the ranch. Something's got to give - but will it be Carli's dream that's sacrificed?These sports stories for girls feature attractive, feisty heroines with a talent for sport. Each novel features a popular sport with girl-appeal. Lively, fast-paced plots show each heroine coping with problems that have the potential to affect her sporting success and happiness, but hard work and talent win through in the end. The other titles in the series include: "Kick-off", "Slam Dunk", "Game", "Set and Match" and "Double Twist".


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753416034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753416037
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 7 May 2010
By Nicola
Format:Paperback
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 lots! of exclamation points! (In fact, every character seems to feel! the need! to urgently! relay! information!)

The characters are all 2-dimensional. Carli's parents, in particular, are so lacking in nuance that their predictable third-act change-of-heart feels completely unearned. Of course, the idea that maybe Carli shouldn't be working 2-3 hours a day for her parents' business is never addressed. Child labour is awesome!

In general, the novel is completely lacking in dramatic tension, apart from a bizarre twist near the end that has nothing to do with gymnastics. Donna King makes no effort to weave more than a perfunctory knowledge of the sport into the novel, and let's just say that the ending truly beggars belief.

I thought perhaps the novel, with its American setting, had been poorly "Anglicized" for an English audience. But no. Donna King is an English author and, boy, it shows. King seems to know even less about Colorado than I do. Did she do any research for this novel?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bland 21 Aug 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was not great. It had a watered down story. Also, I find it was confusing when it came to the actual elements. The author said something about the chic doing a triple salto. Salto is super 1980's. That word isn't used at all any more. She meant the girl was doing a triple twist. That's all she had to say. Plus, in the beginning of the book, she didn't say what level she was on, so it was confusing to know how good the girl was. The chic was elite, and that's all the author had to say to get the reader on the same page.
5.0 out of 5 stars good 18 Feb 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
get it get it now you wont regret it if you do i love gymnastics its my life and if it is yours i recomend you get this book
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