In Lane Three, Alex Archer

by Tessa Duder

At fifteen, Alex is a gifted and disciplined athlete, competing against her arch-rival,... read more

At fifteen, Alex is a gifted and disciplined athlete, competing against her arch-rival, Maggie Benton, for a spot on New Zealand's swim team at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The pressures of fame and competition weigh heavily on Alex, as does personal tragedy when her best friend is struck and killed by a drunken driver. But strength, integrity and an intense desire to be Number One push Alex inexorably forward in her quest for success. The novelist's first-hand experiences as a champion swimmer on New Zealand's national team enrich her detailed descriptions of practice sessions and swim meets. Fine characterization and excellent pacing combine to create a compelling story. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1989

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