Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance (Hardcover) by Simone Biles, Mary Lou Retton, Michelle Burford
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"About the Book In Courage to Soar, the official autobiography from US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Simone presents the story of how she overcame early childhood challenges to be the most decorated US female gymnast and the only female gymnast to ever win three consecutive World Championship titles. Book Synopsis In Courage to Soar, the official autobiography from four-time Olympic gold-winning and record-setting American gymnast Simone Biles, Simone shares how her faith, family, passion, and perseverance against tremendous odds made her one of the top athletes and record-breaking gymnasts in the world--and how you too can overcome challenges in your life. In this book, Simone shares: how she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive the ways she's continued competing at the highest level and having fun doing what she loves behind-the-scenes looks at gymnastics events, including the 2016 Olympics the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the U.S. Olympic team and worldwide stardom Simone Biles' entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, along with drive to succeed no matter the obstacle, are what brought her to the national spotlight during the Olympic Games and have catapulted her ever since--including 25 World Championship medals. But there is more to Simone than the accomplishments. Inside this book, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story--one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams. Courage to Soar presents a positive role model for young girls a great read leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games is an ideal gift for birthdays, holidays, or to celebrate important achievements is perfect for school assignments and reports contains an eight-page, full-color photo insert, as well as a full-color poster of Simone in action on the back of the book jacket is an inspirational story for fans of gymnastics, and anyone looking for motivation Review Quotes Nineteen-year-old Biles, Olympic gold medalist and the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time, takes readers along her journey to the podium in this memoir. After spending her early childhood in and out of foster care, Biles was adopted by her biological grandparents. She began her gymnastics training at the age of six after a field trip to Bannon's Gymnastix, where the coaches quickly discovered that she ""had what it took to go all the way."" Biles describes not only her gymnastics training and career but also her personal life, including her grandmother's death, the difficult decisions she made in order to balance school and gymnastics, her ""bratty period"" in her early teens, and her love for her car, with its zebra-print interior. In recent years, Biles has won three consecutive world championship titles followed by her team gold and individual wins at the 2016 Olympics. Biles's narration is effervescent, showing her to be, as her brother says, ""a goofy and down-to-earth kid."" The tone is conversational and includes casual phrases such as ""if you can't already tell"" and ""just kidding."" She expresses appreciation for her family, friends, teammates, and coaches and frequently credits God and her faith for her success. One slight caveat: readers without background knowledge about gymnastics may not find the terminology to be adequately explained. VERDICT Essential for libraries serving tween and teen gymnastics fans.-Magdalena Teske, Naperville Public Library, IL--School Library Journal Who can forget the radiant smile and inexhaustible energy of four-feet-eight, 19-year-old Simone Biles, Olympian gymnast? This inspiring and humorous memoir details how Simone, with the help and support of her family, coaches, faith, and friends, succeeded in winning five Olympic medals in 2016, four gold and a bronze. After a brief time in foster care, Simone was six when she and her younger sister were adopted by her grandparents (whom she refers to as her mom and dad). Flipping on the family trampoline and an unexpected daycare trip to the local tumbling gym sparked her love of gymnastics. Despite her rookie success, she missed being selected for the USA women's junior team by one spot and was too young to compete in the 2012 Olympics. But success was in her future, due in part to her incredible support system---her parents even built their own gym. Simone is admirable, but it's the unwavering support of her family and coaches that will make a lasting impact on readers. -Sharon Rawlins--Booklist"



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