Strap Bar

Author: Thomas-McEachern, Christi

Subjects: School Experience; Sports; Gymnastics

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-900-4

Order code: 9004

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9004S

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Strap Bar is an entertaining novel about the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of young sports champions aiming for the top. It has been described as a must-read for young athletes, their parents, and their coaches. It tells the story of Bryce, a gymnast dedicated to his sport and supported by his family. He wins when he competes, so his coach uses him as a model for the perfect athlete. But when injuries and poor scores accumulate, he has an epiphany regarding his coach, and he chooses to relocate to a new gym—but the coach is a woman! There is so much to gamble—and just days before the nationals. Will talent, coaching, and training prove secondary to his attitude? Will they be enough to win? And if not, will the sport be enough without the medals?

This book will strike a chord with many students and their parents who are experiencing the joys, sacrifices, dedication, pride, injuries, and struggles of an aspiring champion trying to balance school, friends, family, and everyday life. The story is based on the experiences of the author’s gymnast son and is illustrated with photographs taken of Bryce in action at meets, with detailed descriptions of his moves.

“I am enchanted by the book. Bravo!!!”  – Philippe Chartrand, L.A./Seoul Olympic high bar champion 

 “It is very entertaining…a great read.” – Nalani Cook, national gymnastics coach and judge for elite-level men’s gymnastics

"The book captures the essence of the emotions and the thought processes of this age group!" – Principal Catherine Thompson, St. Francis de Sales, Las Vegas

Strap Bar is an entertaining novel about the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of young sports champions aiming for the top. It has been described as a must-read for young athletes, their parents, and their coaches. It tells the story of Bryce, a gymnast dedicated to his sport and supported by his family. He wins when he competes, so his coach uses him as a model for the perfect athlete. But when injuries and poor scores accumulate, he has an epiphany regarding his coach, and he chooses to relocate to a new gym—but the coach is a woman! There is so much to gamble—and just days before the nationals. Will talent, coaching, and training prove secondary to his attitude? Will they be enough to win? And if not, will the sport be enough without the medals?

This book will strike a chord with many students and their parents who are experiencing the joys, sacrifices, dedication, pride, injuries, and struggles of an aspiring champion trying to balance school, friends, family, and everyday life. The story is based on the experiences of the author’s gymnast son and is illustrated with photographs taken of Bryce in action at meets, with detailed descriptions of his moves.

“I am enchanted by the book. Bravo!!!”  – Philippe Chartrand, L.A./Seoul Olympic high bar champion 

 “It is very entertaining…a great read.” – Nalani Cook, national gymnastics coach and judge for elite-level men’s gymnastics

"The book captures the essence of the emotions and the thought processes of this age group!" – Principal Catherine Thompson, St. Francis de Sales, Las Vegas

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