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Going for gold!
Donkin, Andrew.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Profiles notable Olympic athletes who overcame the odds to win gold medals, including Jesse Owens, Shelley Mann, and Kerri Strug.
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.6 1.0 40650.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.7 3 Quiz: 25360 Guided reading level: P.

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Call Number
Material Type
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GV697.A1 D65 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Proficient Level 4 readers will be totally absorbed by these dramatic stories. The rich vocabulary and factual panels will set them on a lifelong path to reading for information.

Author Notes

Author Andrew Donkin began writing children's comics and books soon after graduating. He is a graphic novelist and illustrator and has also written for adults. Two of his popular titles include Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Donkin focuses on six Olympians: Jesse Owens, Shelley Mann, Mamo Wolde, Daley Thompson, Jennifer Capriati, and Kerri Strug. Each athlete's moment of glory is described in a short story and illustrated with crisp, full-color photographs. Sidebars offer interesting facts about the Games. Particularly intriguing are the descriptions of the sports in which these six competed. The different strokes in swimming, the positioning of a shot putter, the technique of smashing in tennis, all are described. It is unfortunate that the book does not have an index and that the table of contents is vague, making it difficult to find the individual athletes. Unsuitable for reports, this is a book for young browsers.- Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Let the Games begin!p. 4
The ancient Gamesp. 6
The greatestp. 8
In the swim of itp. 16
Never give upp. 20
The rivalsp. 26
Game, set, and matchp. 32
Pain and gloryp. 36
Sydney 2000p. 44
Olympic record breakersp. 46
Glossaryp. 48