Sophie is glad it's summer because after her summer-school math class she can hang out at the local swimming pool with her best friend, Annalise. But she's scared to jump off the high diving board, and that's what everyone else wants to do, even Annalise. Maybe, Sophie thinks, she can train herself to be brave by making a list of scary things to do and doing them, one by one. If she can do a math problem on the board and ride her bike no-hands, surely she can manage that jump! Short, humorous, easy-to-read chapters with plenty of funny illustrations tell the lively story of Sophie's summer project and the surprising discoveries she makes on the way to her goal.
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Gina Willner-Pardo is the author of 15 books, including Jason and the Losers and Figuring Out Frances, which won the Bank Street College of Education Josette Frank Award. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.From Publishers Weekly:
Willner-Pardo (Daphne Eloise Slater, Who's Tall for Her Age) displays a dry wit and a finely tuned ear for dialogue in this breezy tale of best friends and bravery. Every summer, nine-year-old Sophie and her pal Annalise spend their vacation hanging out at the community pool, where usually "the only things you have to worry about are Mario Esposito giving you a wedgie and the vending machine running out of grape soda." This year, however, things take a nose-dive when Maggie and Jennifer (the "coolest girls in our class") invite them to jump off the high dive. Too scared to join inAand dismayed at being called "chicken"ASophie comes up with a plan to boost her bravura. As she works her way through a list of five tests of courage (from sleeping without her night-light to eating some bugs), her friendship with Annalise is also tested. In the end (thanks to some help from Dad), she conquers the high dive and the friendship survives intact. The author peppers Sophie's first-person narrative with wry observations (at the beginning of summer, she notes that "the moms looked red and blotchy and embarrassed for everyone to be seeing their legs") and spins a credible story about a situation every middle-grader will recognize. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 8-11.
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Book Description Clarion Books, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110395841305