Up for Air
Up for Air
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Annotation: Learning disabilities make school painful for Annabelle, thirteen, but a summer of swimming with the high school team is fantastic until a prank goes wrong, spoiling everything, and Annabelle must learn where to find her self-worth.
Catalog Number: #183056
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 282 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-73366-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-73366-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018034292
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Seventh-grader Annabelle is a great swimmer but, because of learning difficulties, not such a great student. But swimming is where she bonds with her stepdad, makes her mother proud, and finds friends like Mia and Jeremy. Then Annabelle is asked to take a spot on the high-school swim team and things change. Hanging out with an older crowd makes her feel better and worse about herself, and the interest the handsome Connor shows in her is both confusing and delightful. To add to her summer angst, she gets a letter from her dad, who is now living in nearby Boston after being out of her life for a long while. Lots of readers will relate to Annabelle not with the specifics of her life, then with the feelings of an almost-teen as she navigates growing up. The well-crafted characters extend to the adults in the story, who are multilayered and have lives beyond their relationship with their daughter. Best of all, Annabelle's realizations about her life are hard won and wholly believable.
Horn Book
Annabelle is relieved to be finished with seventh grade. An academically struggling scholarship day student, she doesn't fit in at her fancy island boarding school. Swimming, on the other hand, comes easily to Annabelle--but even that becomes complicated when she is recruited for the high-school swim team. In this fast-moving, believable story, likable Annabelle must navigate shifting friendships, the attention of an older boy, and her long-absent father's reentry in her life.
Kirkus Reviews
An awesome swimmer with a frustrating learning disability struggles in the roiling waters of adolescence.Annabelle, 13, is relieved to put seventh grade behind her. Despite tutoring and accommodation for completing tests, she remains a C student at the academically rigorous boarding school she attends as a scholarship day student. With boarders gone, she looks forward to hanging out with classmates Mia and Jeremy, whose families, like hers, are year-round residents on their New England island (which seems to have a largely white population). They're top students, but in summer Annabelle is the confident, focused star of their swim team. Thrilled to be invited onto the high school team, she shrugs off her mom's conditions, including summer tutoring. After a rocky start, Annabelle keeps up with her older teammates. Out of the pool, it's another matter. Crushing on flirtatious Connor, Annabelle blows off tutoring and strains her friendship with Jeremy; her friendship with Mia has become an uncomfortable competition. When Annabelle's misdeeds disappoint not only her mom, but her stepdad, whose pride in her swimming is crucial to Annabelle's self-esteem, she turns to her dad. She remembers his failures, but right now, their similarities might matter more. Annabelle has a lot on her plate. Readers will root for her as she ricochets between ebullience and despair, empathy and hurt, confidence and doubt, pride and self-loathing—we've been there, too, or soon will be.Captures the turmoil of adolescence with wisdom and humor in near-pointillist detail. (Fiction. 10-14)
Publishers Weekly
Debut author Morrison, a former teacher, realistically captures the challenges of middle school-complicated family dynamics, volatile friendships, and first love-in this story about a girl struggling to find where she belongs. Annabelle Wilner has just finished seventh grade at a prestigious academy on Gray Island in New England, where she lives with her mother and doting stepfather. Though a learning disability makes school difficult despite tutoring and extra study sessions, Annabelle finds success on her swim team, where she is bumped up to the high school level. Soon, she attracts the attention of a cute sophomore, and her desire to impress him leads her to risk losing what she holds dear: her two best friends, her relationship with her stepdad, and her scholarship to the academy. When an injury keeps Annabelle from swimming, she finds herself drowning in insecurity, culminating in a disastrous attempt to reconnect with her father. Annabelle is both innocent and rebellious, creating an inconsistency that feels genuine for her age group, and her worries about doing well in school and fitting in socially are palpable. By avoiding a picture-perfect ending, Morrison stays true to the maddeningly uncertain years of middle school, depicting all of its in-between-ness with spot-on accuracy. Ages 10-14. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (May)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An awesome swimmer with a frustrating learning disability struggles in the roiling waters of adolescence.Annabelle, 13, is relieved to put seventh grade behind her. Despite tutoring and accommodation for completing tests, she remains a C student at the academically rigorous boarding school she attends as a scholarship day student. With boarders gone, she looks forward to hanging out with classmates Mia and Jeremy, whose families, like hers, are year-round residents on their New England island (which seems to have a largely white population). They're top students, but in summer Annabelle is the confident, focused star of their swim team. Thrilled to be invited onto the high school team, she shrugs off her mom's conditions, including summer tutoring. After a rocky start, Annabelle keeps up with her older teammates. Out of the pool, it's another matter. Crushing on flirtatious Connor, Annabelle blows off tutoring and strains her friendship with Jeremy; her friendship with Mia has become an uncomfortable competition. When Annabelle's misdeeds disappoint not only her mom, but her stepdad, whose pride in her swimming is crucial to Annabelle's self-esteem, she turns to her dad. She remembers his failures, but right now, their similarities might matter more. Annabelle has a lot on her plate. Readers will root for her as she ricochets between ebullience and despair, empathy and hurt, confidence and doubt, pride and self-loathing—we've been there, too, or soon will be.Captures the turmoil of adolescence with wisdom and humor in near-pointillist detail. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Word Count: 55,115
Reading Level: 5.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.7 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 503563 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q76882
Lexile: 900L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Thirteen-year-old Annabelle struggles in school, no matter how hard she tries. But as soon as she dives into the pool, she's unstoppable. She's the fastest girl on the middle school swim team, and when she's asked to join the high school team over the summer, everything changes. Suddenly, she's got new friends, and a high school boy starts treating her like she's somebody special-and Annabelle thinks she'll finally stand out in a good way. She'll do anything to fit in and help the team make it to the Labor Day Invitational, even if it means blowing off her old friends. But after a prank goes wrong, Annabelle is abandoned by the older boy and can't swim. Who is she without the one thing she's good at? Heartwarming and relatable,Up for Airis a story about where we find our self-worth.


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