Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Caitlynn is no fan of the water, but after breaking her ankle playing soccer, swimming is the safest sport for her. She makes a deal with her grandfather to join a swim team if he'll stay and watch all of her practices. But after Grandpa has a stroke and can no longer tag along, Caitlynn doesn't want to keep up her end of the deal. In False Start, overcoming obstacles requires more than hard work -- it takes a positive attitude.
About the author
SANDRA DIERSCH has taught writing courses to British Columbia students and aspiring adult writers. She has written eight books to date, including Offside! and Home Court Advantage, both Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. She lives in Maple Ridge, B.C., with her husband and young daughter.
- Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
"False Start is an excellent choice for the young female athlete who may be encountering reading challenges."
False Start (Sports Stories)Caitlynn agrees to join a swim team if her grandfather will watch all of her practices. But after Grandpa has a stroke, Caitlynn doesn’t want to keep up her end of the deal.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.