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A spectacular debut about the rise of an Olympic champion - a novel about competition, obsession, the hunger for victory, and a young girl with an unsinkable spirit struggling to stay afloat in the only way she can. When we first meet Pip, the extraordinary heroine of Nicola Keegan's first novel, she is landlocked in a small town in the center of Kansas, literally swimming for her life. Pip is tall and flat and smart and funny and supernaturally buoyant. On land, she has her share of troubles: an agoraphobic mother, a lost father, a drug-addled sister, and a Catholic education dominated by a group of high-energy nuns. But in the water, Pip is unstoppable. In the water, her suffering and rage are transmuted into grace and speed and beauty.
©2009 Nicola Keegan (P)2009 Simon & Schuster Audio
"A troubled child finds her natural element, swimming her way to the Olympics, in this shimmering debut. Young Pip relays her tale with such insight, you'll feel you're floating beside her." ( Good Housekeeping)