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Swimming into Trouble

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Julia is obsessed with swimming! When she isn't at school, or in her family's restaurant Shushi on the Go, she's in the pool at the community center. When she gets an earache and is benched from swimming for TEN! whole days, she tries to come up with a plan to get back into the water in time for PBD (Personal Best Day) which could qualify her for a regional meet. Julia's energy bounces off the pages as readers root for her to get back in the pool!

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I love novels about swimming and having a passion for a hobby that can become something more, something professional.
A young nine-year-old who loves to swim and dive finds out she has an ear infection that will keep her away from the pool and passion for ten days. Ten days can be crucial when the coach is evaluating their best personal time for the team that will compete. Julia doesn't want to miss this opportunity and decides to find her solution to swim without wetting her ear. The solution is disastrous and could have taken a turn for the worse but I am glad the author wrote the perfect solution and ending.
Two major lessons from this one (there are more but these two are relevant to me) family and community support that will listen and change rules, not accepting defeat, and fighting for a passion.
Thank you netgalley and Publisher for this e-arc.

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A great book about swimming, perseverance, and teamwork for younger middle grade readers! Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read the digital galley ahead of pub day.

I've been looking for book for younger middle grade readers, and this one certainly hits the spot. Julia is the youngest member of her swim team at the community center, and looking forward to participating in Personal Best Day and maybe qualifying for regionals. Unfortunately, she comes down with an ear infection and has to stay out of the pool for 10 whole days. The adults around her keep telling her to be patient, but Julia can't bear to be away from swimming that long. She comes up with some ideas to get back into the pool, and learns a little bit about patience and teamwork along the way.

Great illustrated chapter book for kids ages 7-10.

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Swimming Into Trouble is about a girl who loves swimming (and is on a swim team) but then has to set out for a while due to an ear infection. I think the author did a great job of presenting Julia’s frustration and reactions in a way that felt authentic. I could see one of my children behaving in a similar manner, or at least trying to, if they had to temporarily give up something they loved.

I also loved learning about Julia’s community. I think there was so great set up for future books about Julia and the other characters we met at the community center. My 8 year also enjoyed reading this story on her own.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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This graphic novel was easy to read and I believe that students would see Julia's story as something they could connect with. My 5th grade students would pick this up off the shelf and definitely like this one. I didn't enjoy it as much, because the health issues and internal conflicts could have been solved pretty early on. I feel like a character needs a big reason not to talk seriously with parents and I felt she didn't.

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This truly felt like a book about a kid with her own genuine experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I felt like I got dropped into a real life community centre and library in my area. I loved Julia's life with her family at the sushi place and her passion for swimming, as well as reading. Everyone needs a librarian like Lorna in their life! I can see this being a fun start to a chapter book series for young readers working their way through life just like Julia. Thanks to NetGalley for making this book available for an honest review.

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Very simple plot, and easy to read story of a girl who *really* wants to swim, so much so, that when she gets an ear infection, and is told that she can't get her ears wet, until she is well, she tries to glue cups over her ears to keep them dry.

That does not turn out well.

Through it all, it is an age appropriate telling from the child's point of view, of a desire to swim and improve her speed above everything else.

Since it is Book 1, I presume we will have more adventures with Julia, and her very strong will.

Good for kids who are just learning to read longer books, and who love to swim.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

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A big-hearted debut middle grade book featuring Korean Canadian swimmer Julia who gets sidelined days before the swim team's Personal Best Day because of an ear infection. I loved that this story revolved around a community center and the various people who worked there. Julia's parents own a sushi restaurant right beside the center and are great friends with members of the community.

An important book about determination, learning patience and being a good team member told from the point of view of a girl who just wants to swim her hardest. Includes some great illustrations and is perfect for fans of books like the Salma series by Danny Ramadan. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review. I'm excited to read more books about Julia and her family.

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This book is a great read for 7-10 year olds. When Julia Nam is sidelined from the pool because of an earache, she tries everything she can to be able to swim for Personal Best Day. Her most important day. Julia is one of the best on the team and this is devastating for her. Her parents run a sushi cafe at the community center where she swims, so she constantly sees her team practicing without her.

Even though this book is about Julia's swim team and troubles based off of swimming, all young kid's will be able to relate in some aspect of disappointment and not getting what they want at times. The message is great and the voice of Julia was well written.

I liked the author's writing and quick paced story line. The characters were developed well and I enjoyed reading it and can't wait to see what is next is Julia's story.

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