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Keeping Pace

Grace has been working for years to beat her former friend Jonah Perkins’s GPA so she can be named top scholar of the eighth grade. But when Jonah beats her for the title, it feels like none of Grace’s academic accomplishments have really mattered. They weren’t enough to win — or to impress her dad. And then the wide, empty summer looms. With nothing planned and no more goals or checklists, she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to be working toward.

Eager for something to occupy her days, Grace signs up for a half-marathon race that she and Jonah used to talk about running together. Jonah’s running it, too. Maybe if she can beat Jonah on race day, she’ll feel OK again. But as she begins training with Jonah and checking off a new list of summer goals, she starts to question what — and who — really matters to her. Is winning at all costs really worth it? Engaging and heartfelt, Keeping Pace is about wanting to win at all costs — and having to learn how to fail.

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"Initially doubtful of her athletic ability, Grace soon finds peace and strength in her training routine. This regimen helps ground her as she navigates evolving relationships with friends new and old, feelings for childhood bestie and current rival Jonah Perkins, and changing family dynamics. As Grace comes to terms with this transitional stage of her life, she realizes that 'there are all sorts of things I used to find fun.... But now, I’m not so sure.' Morrison utilizes insightful prose and a steady momentum to chronicle Grace’s pursuit of her goals. Her varying success and fluctuating perspectives all serve to make her feel more complete and confident, especially when she decides that 'setting the pace that’s right for me' is the only way to get where she wants to go." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 14
Author Laurie Morrison
ISBN 1419768751
Publication Date Apr 9, 2024
Publisher Amulet Books
Language English