Review: Competitors Become Teammates In The Quickest Kid In Clarksville

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“Wil-ma Ru-dolph. Wil-ma Ru-dolph.” Alta’s sneakers seem to sing in The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller.

Alta is fast. She wants to be a runner, just like her idol, Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals at the Summer Olympics in 1960 and who also grew up in Clarksville, like Alta. When a girl named Charmaine challenges her to a race, Alta proves herself to be just as competitive as Wilma Rudolph. As much as they are competitors, the two prove they can also work together when they see Wilma Rudolph at the town’s parade.

I liked reading this book because it showed how anyone can be friends, even competitors. I also liked how the main character was spunky and energetic, just like me.

I recommend this book to readers who are ages seven to nine. This book can be appealing to younger kids, and maybe a few older children. People who like strong girl characters will like this book too, since it talks about Wilma Rudolph.

This book was pretty good. I would rate it 3 out of 4 roses!

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2 comments

  1. Elena, way to not give away the ending and hold us in suspense!

    What do you think are the benefits of being friends with someone who is also a competitor? What do you also think are the drawbacks? Have you personally experienced this yet?

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  2. I think it has its pros and cons, for example, whenever I do our school’s Reflections fine arts contest, I’m usually competing against some of my friends. The benefits are you get to support each other. A drawback could be that jealousy could happen between friends.

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