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Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics (Sports Beat, Bk 6)
Rush for the Gold Mystery at the Olympics - Sports Beat, Bk 6
Author: John Feinstein
In the past six months, Susan Carol Anderson has grown an inch, gained fifteen pounds of muscle, and shaved more than ten seconds off her time in the 200-meter butterfly. She's gone from a good swimmer to a truly great swimmer. World Championships great. Olympics great!  And just as suddenly, agents and sponsors and publicis...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375869631
ISBN-10: 0375869638
Publication Date: 5/22/2012
Pages: 314
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Summary:
Stevie and Susan Carol are off on another adventure. This time, Susan Carol is swimming and Stevie is reporting all on his own. Susan Carol is swimming on the American Olympic team. For the majority of the novel, we follow Susan Carol as she gets ready for the Olympics, deals with agents, and the changes that seem to be coming over her friends and family. Stevie has managed to get himself on the reporting team to cover the Olympics so that he can spend time with Susan Carol. While they are spending time together, Stevie believes something fishy is going on with the agents. This leads to some investigative reporting that tends to get everyone into trouble.

My thoughts:
Generally, I don't believe there is much of a mystery. There was no point in time where I was guessing to figure out what was going on, or had that blood boiling moment of wanting to find out what came next. As I went through the story, I felt that the mystery was tied directly to the business mode of agents and business. Money is the cause of a lot of the trouble within this novel, but I don't believe that really is a mystery. The greatest parts of this book are the inside parts of the Olympics and swimming. I love how all of the athletes are portrayed within the novel. They are all friendly and serious about their sports. There doesn't seem to be any villain within the athletes, which is a relief. I like how the competition is not mean spirited. I think this is also a fairly accurate portrayal of agents and the dangers of being too trusting. It's a good message for teenagers that may become professional athletes.


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