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Adeline in a Gymnastics Jam is a short story by Martha Louise that follows a young talented gymnast as she adapts to a new environment in the pursuit of her dreams. Tired of her old routine and eager to learn new moves and rise up levels, Adeline joins a new gymnasium full of hope and determination. But her spirits dampen when she finds out that her new teammates aren't nearly as welcoming as she had previously assumed. She immediately makes an impact and impresses her coaches with her hard work and talent. However, some girls in her team start teasing Adeline, calling her names and refusing to acknowledge her. But she takes everything in her stride and continues to persevere. Adeline soon learns that it is often unhappy people who lash out against others.
A moving story that teaches the values of resilience, empathy, and compassion, Adeline in a Gymnastics Jam is full of heart, charm, and warmth. Author Martha Louise draws inspiration from her own experiences with her daughters to create an engaging tale for children that contains some vital lessons for life. Adeline is a kind-hearted, curious, and tenacious child who must overcome the rude behavior of her peers to pursue her dreams. Along the way, she learns to appreciate the merits of forgiveness, understanding, and empathy. She is an immensely likable character who is easy to root for. The illustrations by Carol Watson add another wonderful touch to the tale. Adeline in a Gymnastics Jam is a thoroughly absorbing read for preteens.