Fast Lane To Victory is the third in Wish Publishing's outstanding Anything You Can Do...New Sports Heroes For Girls series and the story of swim champion Jenny Thompson.
Jenny Thompson grew up in a working class New England coastal town with a single mom and three older brothers. As her family struggled to make ends meet, Jenny found a bounty of good fortune and success in the swimming pool. The family folklore maintains that Jenny could swim before she could walk. This water baby went on to win eight Olympic Gold medals as one of the fastest female swimmers in the world. Jenny had to deal with some hardships, including wearing a brace for scoliosis and being teased about being so tall and strong. And she did it with her constant positive outlook and rugged determination to succeed. This story lets the young reader know that being competitive is okay for girls and that dreams really do come true.
Gr 3-6-The Greenbergs describe the young athlete's development as a swimmer and the personal qualities that helped to make her an Olympic champion. A preface by Julie Foudy, president-elect of the Women's Sports Foundation, and an introduction by Jackie Joyner-Kersee indicate the need for contemporary female-sports role models for girls. The authors then describe Thompson's successes and challenges through what seems to be fictionalized dialogue; there is no bibliography. Each chapter includes a vignette of a famous female swimmer and poor-quality, black-and-white line drawings. "Career Highlights" lists Thompson's special accomplishments; "Sports Talk" discusses issues and concerns about female sports competition in an open and honest manner. "Women's Swimming" includes programs, organizations, books, and Web sites.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Fast Lane To Victory is the third in Wish Publishing's outstanding "Anything You Can Do...New Sports Heroes For Girls" series and the story of swim champion Jenny Thompson. Swimming was what Jenny like best, but when her friends at school started to tease her and call her "tomboy" and "Too Tall Thompson", she felt the pressures placed on a lot of young girls to conform to social norms of what was "proper" for girls. Jenny dealt with the negative peer pressure and became so successful as an athlete that she came to be called the "Fastest Swimmer in the World". Also very highly recommended for school and community library collections are the first two volumes in this superbly presented and inspiring sports oriented series for girls: A Drive To Win: The Story Of Nancy Lieberman (40-8, $9.95) and Sword Of A Champion: The Story Of Sharon Monplaisir (39-4, $9.95).