Handsprings and Homework by Jane Lawes

Handsprings and Homework

Written by Jane Lawes
Part of the Gym Stars Series

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In 3 : gymnastics – hard work – team work In this special gymnastics-centred story the emphasis is all on the importance of hard work and teamwork in sporting success. Fresh from their triumph at the regional championships, Tara and her team-mate Lindsay are preparing for a national competition. It’s hard and, eager to do as well as possible, Tara spends nearly all her time practising - at the expense of her school work. She’s not alone in finding this difficult however, and with the help and advice of other young gymnasts in her club, she manages to sort things out. It’s a fun story that perfectly captures all the excitement and challenges of competing at sport. ~ Andrea Reece

A message from Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle.

Dear Reader,

Like Tara in Gym Stars I dreamed of becoming a world-class gymnast and joined my local gym club. Tara’s story reminds me of my early days of training and the thrill of entering my first big competition. I hope you enjoy reading about Tara as much as I have and if you want to become a gym star too – go for it! With focus, talent and dedication your dreams really can come true…


Beth Tweddle x


Handsprings and Homework by Jane Lawes

Gym-mad Tara still can't believe she's part of the Silverdale Gymnastics Club - and that she's through to a national competition! But Tara's homework is starting to pile up and when her teachers notice that her school work is sliding she's in big trouble... Can Tara finish all her work on time and win a gold medal?

About the Author

Jane Lawes studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and started a PGCE in primary education, before deciding that her real passion lay in books. She currently works in publishing by day, and author by night and weekends.

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144 pages


Jane Lawes
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st July 2016




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