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Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the eighth book in the "ZigZag Kids" series.

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Plot Summary

The kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center have been challenged to a race by the kids at Timpanzi School. Everyone thinks Gina is one of the Zigzag team’s best runners, and she can’t seem to convince them she’s actually quite slow.

The Zigzag kids wonder how they can get enough money to pay for a bus, rather than walking 12 blocks to Timpanzi for the race. They come up with a few fundraising ideas, but they can’t raise enough money. They also learn several of their team’s best runners won’t be able to participate.

On race day, Gina feels down. Then she remembers her music teacher, whose peppy song cheered her up several days earlier. She begins to sing as the team walks to Timpanzi. Soon, everyone joins her and feels better. One of the star runners is there, able to participate after all. The race ends in a tie between the two teams, and everyone is invited to a party to celebrate.

Christian Beliefs

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Other Belief Systems

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Authority Roles

Ramon, the college-age helper at the center, encourages the kids to practice their running so they can beat their competition. Mr. Sarsaparilla, the music teacher, listens intently as Gina expresses her concerns about the race. His music inspires her to get her teammates motivated as they walk to Timpanzi.

Profanity/Violence

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Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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Rating

Readability Age Range

6 to 9

Author

Patricia Reilly Giff

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Publisher

Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

Released

On Video

Year Published

2013

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