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Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Uplifting memoir of teen Olympic medalist, ex-foster kid.

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This bubbly, upbeat, first-person narrative gets inside the mind of a world-class gymnast in a way no interview can. In Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, Biles describes the uncertainty and fear of living with her mother and being placed in foster care, the adjustment to living with her grandparents, how she fell in love with gymnastics, her big breaks, and her heartbreaking missteps in an endearing, distinctly teen voice. She doesn't hold back in revealing her struggle to balance normal teen emotions and desires -- to go to high school, to blow off practice -- with her drive to succeed. She also offers an interesting perspective on how her home life and Catholic faith provided foundational support for her throughout her career.

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