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Alex : Alex Quartet #1 by Tessa Duder
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Fifteen-year-old Alex struggles to overcome personal trauma and hardship as she competes with her arch rival for a place on the New Zealand swimming team participating in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

'I have always known that in another life I was-or will be-a dolphin. I am a pink human, caught in a net of ambition and years of hard work. In a few minutes I will dive into artificially turquoise water waiting at my feet. A minute later I'll either be ecstatic or a failure.'

Fifteen-year-old swimming champ Alex Archer has her mind set on one goal-competing in the Olympic Games in Rome. Alex has been training hard for six years--but so has her archrival, Maggie Benton.

Maggie isn't the only obstacle Alex must overcome. She's spread herself too thin at school, and at home she's worried about her grandmother's failing health. She needs complete concentration for the competition, but it's becoming harder to give her all. Then, her handsome boyfriend, Andy is in a terrible accident. Even if Alex can deal with all these unforeseen problems, can she beat Maggie to make it to the Olympic Games?

"Well-developed, realistic, three-dimensional characters flesh out this novel about competitive swimming and adolescence... Duder's fresh writing style hooks readers from the outset."-- School Library Journal.


NZ Children's Book of the Year 1988
Esther Glen Medal 1988

Author Biography

Tessa Duder began to write for young people when the youngest of her four daughters went to school. Nine novels since 1982, including Night Race to Kawau, Jellybean, Mercury Beach, Hot Mail (with William Taylor) and the four award-winning books of the Alex quartet, have established her as one of New Zealand's leading writers. The Tiggie Tompson Show, the first of a planned trilogy about the redoubtable Tiggie, won the 2000 New Zealand Post award for Senior Fiction. Among her awards since 1987 are three Children's Book of the Year prizes, three Esther Glen Medals, several Creative New Zealand writing bursaries, the 1991 University of Waikato Writing Fellowship, and in 1996, the New Zealand Children's Book Foundation's Margaret Mahy Medal.
Release date NZ
April 2nd, 2003
Country of Publication
New Zealand
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