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Nixon, Joan Lowrey.
New York : SeaStar Books, 2001.
IL K-3, RL 3.0
ISBN 1587171007
Gus and Gertie are two penguins from Antarctica who try to compete as synchronized swimmers (with matching bathing caps) in the Animal Winter Olympics. Opps! Swimming is a Summer Olympics event, so Gus and Gertie can't compete, but they can still enjoy the Games! Gus takes Polaroid pictures of the events. All the animals have lucky charms, to treasure or to trade. But wait! Someone is stealing the charms! Can Gus and Gertie figure out who the thief is? Can you? Are the charms really needed, or is it, as Gus quietly keeps saying, not charms that help the contestants win, but skill and practice?  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
SUBJECTS:     Olympics -- Fiction.
                        Penguins -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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