Heat by Michael Cadnum

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"You had an accident", Miss P. was saying, her hands on my shoulders so I couldn't climb to my feet."You hit your head".The diving platform is thirty-three feet up, higher than a third story balcony. Expert at the most breathtaking dives, Bonnie Chamberlain captures the best scores in every heat, and she is bound for Olympic trials. She has never felt fear -- until now.One slip, one inexplicable mistake, and it's all over. Or is it? Determined to compete, Bonnie forces herself back into her routine. But no matter how hard she works, she can't keep her focus once her father is in trouble with the law. No one believes in him -- not the newspapers, not the community, not even his family.There is only Bonnie -- alone, ready to take the heat.

About Michael Cadnum

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Michael Cadnum, a National Book Award finalist, is the author of over a dozen novels for young adults. He lives in Albany, California.
Published August 1, 1998 by Viking Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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As the truth sinks in, Bonnie comes to understand that the money that built her mother’s business and paid for her own private-school education (and her hopes for diving) is part of her father’s past schemes—that she is not entirely excluded from his guilt.

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While the meshing of two heavyweight traumas is slightly awkward, other aspects of the plot--particularly the change in Bonnie's belief in her father's innocence to her knowledge of his guilt--are compelling.

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