Breathing Not Required

by Michele Martin Bossley

When eleven-year-old Gracie joins the synchronized swim team, she learns she has to work hard.

Gracie and her friend Laura are both on the synchronized swim team in their hometown of Cochrane, Alberta.

Gracie is focused and hard-working, eager to be chosen for a solo. Laura is more relaxed about synchro, wanting above all to enjoy the sport. As the swim meet nears, these different approaches strain their friendship and threaten the success of the team itself.

Lively and good humoured, Breathing Not Required is a novel about competition, jealousy, and the importance of friendship.

About the Author

MICHELE MARTIN BOSSLEY was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., but grew up in Calgary from the time she was five. She is the author of ten other childrens books including Taking a Dive runner-up for the R. Ross Annett Award in Children's Literature and The Perfect Gymnast nominated for the 1999 Manitoba Reader's Choice Award. One of her more recent books Pool Princess has been nominated for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Award. Michele has been involved in both synchronized swimming and competitive swimming since her teens. She has also coached young swimmers and draws on much of that experience for her books.

Reviews

"Bossley manages to mix nice, non-technical descriptions of synchro moves and some tense competitive moments in a story that is mostly about the give and take of friendship."
Cathy Macdonald, Daily News

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