Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
By John Feinstein
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Pages 314. Grades 5-8.
What great timing! Susan Carol and Stevie have another great mystery to solve and it takes place at the 2012 Olympics in London! So, as I am watching the swimming time trials I am reading about the swimming time trials. Most of the same characters too–like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, U. S. male swimmers. Then there are the fictional characters like Olympic Swimmer, Susan Carol Anderson. That’s right, Susan Carol at 15 is one of the youngest swimmers trying out for the Olympic Team. In the previous books by Feinstein you might recall, Susan Carol and Stevie are teens, which are journalists for prominent newspapers—both very accomplished at a young age. When they are on location scouting out great stories they seem to always find trouble—in fact that might be what brought them together as boyfriend and girlfriend! Their trouble always seems to turn into a great story for their respective newspapers.
The mystery in this book centers around Susan Carol and the media—media agents to be exact. Companies want to be the sponsor of Gold Medal Athletes and the athletes agents want to get a deal made even before their swimmer gets in the water at the Olympics. Stevie is now covering Susan Carol, who has a real shot at two gold medals, and her competition. Stevie knows something is not right when the finals are set to begin—like perhaps the agents already knew who is going to win? Read this timely mystery and get ready for the real Olympics to start next week! Go U.S.A.!