HL book review gabby douglas

Book Summary:

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

About the Author:

Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she made history, becoming the first US gymnast to take home a team and an individual gold medal in the same Olympics. Gabrielle began her training at age six, and became the Virginia State Champion only two years later. When she was fourteen, she left her family in Virginia Beach to train with coach Liang Chow in Des Moines, Iowa. Under Chow’s guidance, and with tremendous faith in God’s plan for her, Gabrielle competed in the Olympic Trials and walked away with the only guaranteed spot on the team. Since her Olympic triumph, Gabrielle has used her platform to inspire millions with a powerful message: With hard work and persistence, any dream is possible. Visit her online at www.gabrielledouglas.com

Review: Special thanks goes to Amy B for providing this review.

My 10-year-old daughter loved this book and shared it with friends in her 4th grade class who all loved it too. Gabby talks about how her faith, friends and family helped her overcome the obstacles she faced on the way to achieving her Olympic dream. This is a wholesome, positive book and Gabby is a great role model for young girls. It’s written in the first person, almost like a journal. For grade-schoolers becoming curious about the teenage phase, it’s often hard to find books that are suitable for young readers. This one is terrific. For older readers with an interest in Gabby and gymnastics, this book will not disappoint. I read it so my daughter and I could talk about it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – well-written and honest, it also conveys the excitement of competition through the eyes of a young, world-class athlete.

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310740673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310740674
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces


Writing prompt: Gabby Douglas felt like quitting many times, but persevered. Descriptively write about a time that you felt like quitting and didn’t. Were you able to persevere?

Writing Prompt provided by Time4Writing, one of the foremost resources for homeschool writing instruction.


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