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Swim Team
Swim Team | Johnnie Christmas
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Combines wonderful characters and history to create a story that will make you want to dive right in! JERRY CRAFT, author of the Newbery Medalwinning New Kid A splashy, contemporary middle grade graphic novel from bestselling comics creator Johnnie Christmas! Bree cant wait for her first day at her new middle school, Enith Brigitha, home to the Mighty Manateesuntil shes stuck with the only elective that fits her schedule, the dreaded Swim 101. The thought of swimming makes Bree more than a little queasy, yet shes forced to dive headfirst into one of her greatest fears. Lucky for her, Etta, an elderly occupant of her apartment building and former swim team captain, is willing to help. With Ettas training and a lot of hard work, Bree suddenly finds her swim-crazed community counting on her to turn the schools failing team around. But thats easier said than done, especially when their rival, the prestigious Holyoke Prep, has everything they need to leave the Mighty Manatees in their wake. Can Bree defy the odds and guide her team to a state championship, or have the Manatees swum their last lapfor good? Praise for SWIM TEAM: A revelation! Youll root for Swim Teamthe water is just right. JOHN JENNINGS, New York Times bestselling and Eisner Awardwinning creator Swim Team is a beautiful story about trying new things. Johnnie Christmas is a fantastic storyteller and artist. KAZU KIBUISHI, author of Amulet Full of charm, heart, and pulse-pounding races. A winner! GENE LUEN YANG, author of American Born Chinese and Dragon Hoops
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Amie
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Kids graphic novel about a girl trying to fit in in a new school and going from not knowing how to swim to joining the swim team. She also learns about the history of Black people being excluded from public pools.

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4.5 ⭐ What an absolutely fantastic read. This book is about a girl and her father moving to a new town so he can get a better job and make their life better. We follow Bree as she navigates a new middle school in tropical Florida and finds out that it‘s about time she learns to swim. However, Bree thinks that she‘s too old to learn how to swim, and that Black people don‘t swim.

LibrarianRyan She gets a history lesson in why that stereotype exists from somebody in their apartment complex who herself was a state champion swimmer. This starts Bree‘s adventure to joining the swim team and finding out that you can do anything you put your mind. She also realizes it doesn‘t matter if you‘re rich or poor, black or white, anybody can swim, anybody can have fun in the water, and anybody can go to state finals. 8mo
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