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Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring autobiography by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

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This inspirational story of the star of the 2012 London Olympics celebrates strong families who sacrifice and support one another. Though readers will at times get bogged down trying to understand the complicated rules of competitive gymnastics, Gabby's authentic voice comes through; she often sounds like a regular kid who loves junk food and hanging out with her family. She even includes conversational asides in her text, like "LOL" and "Go Mom!" Her story will have particular appeal for Christian readers, who will connect with the scripture and Gabby's devout faith.

Grace, Gold, & Glory encourages readers to work hard even when their goals seem impossible. Parents and teachers can also use Gabby's story to talk about important issues, ranging from bullying and poverty to setting goals and working through tough challenges. Even though readers will know how Gabby's story ends, they will find themselves holding their breath when it comes down to her final floor exercises in London.

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