Taking a Dive
by Michele Martin Bossley
Josie is stuck. She holds the provincial record for the 200-metre butterfly, but she can't seem to equal her time in practice.
Josie is afraid that her record-breaking swim in the 200-metre butterfly at the Alberta provincial championship was a fluke. As her Calgary swim team trains for a big meet she can't come anywhere near her best time, and sees her dreams of national and Olympic glory slipping away.
When she participates in her school's Athletic Challenge, however, she's forced to learn the meaning of "personal best" all over again. The insight she gains there spurs her on when she hits the water again.
Taking a Dive uses the exciting world of competitive swimming to explore the links between self-confidence and success.
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.
"Martin Bossley evokes the world of competitive swimming while exploring the links between self-confidence and success."
Ken McGoogan, Calgary Herald
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