Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
Bree is excited to start at a new middle school–until she realizes the only elective left for her to join is Swimming 101. And she doesn’t know how to swim! With the help of her elderly neighbor Etta, however, Bree starts practicing, and soon, she joins the school swim team. She and her teammates actually have a chance to bring home the state championship for the first time in years. But then friendship drama starts to unravel the team.
Ms. Krysta says: “Swim Team introduces readers to Bree, a relatable protagonist trying to navigate a new middle school while not embarrassing herself by revealing to her classmates that she does not know how to swim. Bree’s journey from reluctant swimmer to member of a winning swim team will draw readers in with its drama and suspense. However, the relationships Bree forms along the way, both with her elderly neighbor Edna and her teammates, are what make this story truly memorable. Perfect for fans of middle school stories such as Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, Jerry Craft’s New Kid, and Varian Johnson’s Twins.”