Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
by John Feinstein
Middle School, High School Knopf 314 pp.
5/12 978-0-375-86963-1 $16.99
Library ed. 978-0-375-96963-8 $19.99
e-book ed. 978-0-375-98455-6 $10.99
Timed to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Feinstein’s sixth sports mystery novel again features teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson — except that this time Susan Carol is a world-class swimmer in the 200-meter butterfly and Stevie is now her boyfriend. Speedo, Nike, Under Armour, and the Disney Channel are all interested in her, and Susan Carol only has to win a gold medal or two to gain lucrative contracts. She didn’t train to be a celebrity or a “show pony for corporations,” but thanks to her father, who falls prey to the agents’ offers, Susan Carol does indeed become a “human billboard” and America’s latest athlete/sex symbol. She is only important to the agents as long as she wins, and Stevie wonders just how far a corporation would go to ensure victory for its client. It turns out that the answer is “too far”; hence the mystery for Stevie to solve — a little too quickly and neatly, perhaps, but Feinstein’s legions of fans will revel in the intrigue at the Olympics and the excitement of Susan Carol’s races.
From the September/October 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.