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Swim Team

By Myiesha Speight, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heartwarming graphic novel about swimming and friendship.

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age 8+

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age 8+

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This graphic novel is perfect for kids who like The Babysitters Club. There's a great friendship dynamic between the main characters. Christmas did a great job of casually stressing the value of academics AND athletics with the added bonus of discussing how the generalization of Black people not swimming came about (with the segregation of public pools). While this aspect of the book sounds like it could be heavy, it's handled in a light manner that focuses on the characters.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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This heartwarming graphic novel about swimming and friendship tackles racism and self-destructive negative thoughts. Some of the some plot points toward the end seem a little too convenient, but Swim Team's simple illustrations are powerful, beautiful depictions of diverse characters and historical events. Bree's struggle with negativity at one point overwhelms her, but thanks to swimming, she's able to move forward. Miss Etta sheds light on the racism many Black people experienced at swimming pools and its long-lasting effects. Some readers may not have been aware of this and will have learned it thanks to this book.

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