13 February 2023

Swim Team - Book Review

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
Publication date: May 17, 2022
Pages: 256 page
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: Some enlightening history for Bree, along with useful life lessons.

This was another read for my son's fifth-grade Battle of the Books, and I'm so glad it was! 

It's a graphic novel that tells the story of Bree, who moves with her father to a school where swimming is suddenly a BIG DEAL. What new kid doesn't want to fit in? She's afraid to tell the people who have been nice to her so far at her new school that she can't swim.

Eventually, the older woman in her apartment complex (who watches her while her father works anyway) realizes the problem and offers to teach Bree. And teach her she does! They also teach readers along the way WHY the black community was forced to forget their history of swimming due to racism and segregation. But Ms. Etta is there to help Bree and her friends be an awesome team and get their swimming dynasty back.

I enjoyed this book with its subtle historical lesson. It felt delivered in a perfect tone to just explain an element of Bree's story, without feeling like a dry textbook lesson. I'm thrilled that this was part of my community's Battle of the Books list. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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