Kid’s Book Review: Keeping Pace

Kid’s Book Review: Keeping Pace

About the Book and Author

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?

Laurie Morrison

Laurie Morrison is the coauthor of Every Shiny Thing and the author of Up for Air, Saint Ivy, Coming Up Short, and Keeping Pace. Laurie’s books have received starred reviews and been chosen as Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections and finalists for state award lists. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA, where she teaches middle school language arts.

Book Review

This book is a wonderful representation of the work and dedication it takes to succeed

This book is a wonderful representation of the effort and dedication it takes to succeed. It also shows how failure and mistakes can be important.

Throughout the book I watched so many wonderful characters grow and learn while also making mistakes. The characters in this book persevere throughout many different friendship struggles that help them to grow. As an academically competitive student it was nice to read a book where the character faces the same struggles that I do.

Though I don’t enjoy running, and cannot relate well to that aspect of the story, I did find that I valued the work and dedication Grace and Jonah had for the training. The relationship between them was wonderful to watch evolve and interesting to learn about.

This author does a wonderful job growing their past together and building their personalities.

Overall, this book has an enticing story to tell as the reader journeys through the mind of a strong character and I highly recommend this book to athletic readers who love sport.

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Reviewer Profile

Jenna
  • Name: Jenna
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: Dogs, music and family
  • Dislikes: Pickles and tomatoes
  • Favourite Book: The Selection by Keira Cass
  • Favourite Song: Primadona by Marina
  • Favourite Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II