Summertime and Somersaults by Jane Lawes

Summertime and Somersaults

Written by Jane Lawes
Part of the Gym Stars Series

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In 3 words : gymnastics – friendships – rivalries Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle’s endorsement will draw readers to this story of Tara, a talented young gymnast whose dreams seem to have come true when she joins a new gym club. There’s lots for her to learn, and she’s really enjoying it all, until little acts of spite and meanness from another girl who is jealous of Tara, makes her suddenly lose confidence. Gently and within the course of the story the author shows all the reasons for taking up a sport like gymnastics, and demonstrates the fun and sense of achievement it can bring. She reminds readers too to trust themselves if they want to be happy. ~ Andrea Reece

With a foreword by 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


Summertime and Somersaults by Jane Lawes

Tara loves gym and spends every spare moment practising in her garden. When she joins the Silverdale Gym Club, Tara's catapulted into their star team. But with so many new things to learn - like backflips, somersaults and handsprings, how will Tara ever catch up with her talented teammates?

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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