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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; First Edition edition (December 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310740614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310740612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 6–9—Gymnast Douglas may have made it look easy to win gold at the 2012 Olympics, but getting there was no easy feat. Her single mother worked double shifts to make ends meet, and her siblings gave up their activities so Gabrielle could train. This inspiring autobiography will be enjoyed by young fitness enthusiasts, dedicated gymnasts, or Christian adolescents, though it focuses mostly on the family's sacrifice and less on the actual competition at the Olympics, which some listeners may find disappointing. While Haleakala Wilson speaks well with proper inflection and typical teen speak (sorta, kinda, lol) listeners may find it hard to discern how Gabrielle's mother feels. Is she angry or just frustrated when Gabrielle wants to quit? Listeners will understand that the family believes that their faith and determination to overcome obstacles is what led Gabrielle to be able to be the first African American to win the all-around competition. This audio version could be an additional selection for libraries looking for autobiographies aimed at a middle school audience.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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



Michelle Burford is a Harvard-trained journalist in Manhattan and a founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. Though she has visited nearly three dozen countries on six continents and interviewed scores of folks along the way, she’d never once even attempted a cartwheel until the day she watched Gabby claim the Olympic gold medal. One month and two enormous bumps on the forehead later, Michelle teamed up with Gabby to bring you the story behind the story. To check out more of Michelle's creations, swing by www.michelleburford.com.


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A story of hard work and faith in God.
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I bought the book for my 12 year old daughter for Christmas and she finished the book the next day!!
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She has yet to tell me how she liked it.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By VJ on December 7, 2012
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Are you a teen athlete or the parent supporting the dream of one? Gabby Douglas unlocks her story, and in doing so, she inspires the young athletes and their parents who follow a similar path. Giving the glory to God, Gabby is living proof that faith and family sustain when the physical body and mind fall short. When I read the end of chapter 18, my eyes filled with tears. Gabby knows my daughter's conflict! It isn't just me as a mom and my daughter as a Junior Olympic athlete (a diver, not a gymnast, but it all rings true, regardless of the sport). Even the best, most talented, and most successful like Gabby Douglas are torn between being a top-performing athlete and being a normal teenager. Her writing sings to the heart of a teen, phrased in a way that lets your mind imagine the exact words coming from a little personal text message from Gabby to you. She empowers her decisions with Biblical truth, and in doing so, she helps us believe that God's plan is perfect, no matter how the world may convince you otherwise. This is a must-read, and I can hardly wait until Christmas day, when my daughter can devour Gabby's inspiring words.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mia on December 7, 2012
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As the editor of Their Journey to the PhD, I know first-hand about overcoming struggles to achieve something great and wanting to inspire others with our actions! From being homeless to experiences with racism, she provides a real life discussion of her journey to the gold medal in the sport of gymnastics. I highly recommend this book for anyone to read but especially for young girls who have a dream.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mom2teen on December 27, 2012
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This book had to be the best Christmas gift that my teen had under the tree in relation to the substance in it. It speaks talks about having a "Faith Walk" and several scriptures to support Gabby's walk along the way. It shows that it's not easy accomplishing your dreams, but knowing that if Gabby got there, you can too. I read the book in less than one day. I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to hear more about her struggle and determination to get there. The book is also on a level the teens can understand and very interesting to keep their attention. I highly recommend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My Full Bookshelf Reviews on April 30, 2013
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This book is probably my favorite autobiographies I have read so far. It was so cool to read about my all-time favorite olympic athlete and learn more about her.

Gabby's story is really inspirational, and one that I would encourage people to read. She overcame so much; a rare disorder, bullying, and an absent father. It is easy to see when reading that her faith is really important to her!

It's cool to read about Gabby as a normal kid, as well as learn about her road to the Olympics. At one point, Gabby talks about how she and her friend loved the show H2O: Just Add Water, which I thought was awesome because my sister and I used to watch that show all the time!

The one thing I didn't like was that there were one or two 'lols'. I don't exactly love it when people put text talk in a book; save it for your phones! That is the only thing that really annoyed me about this book. Other than that, I thought it was a wonderful, inspirational book. If you loved the olympics, and especially if you love gymnastics, Gabby Douglas' autobiography is an absolute must-read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Meredith Harris on September 4, 2013
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The book arrived as stated. This was a gift for my granddaughter who takes gymnastics. She was surprised and impressed when she saw the pin-up poster inside!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shark on February 6, 2014
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As I cheered for Ms. Douglas in the London Olympics I was excited to read about her story. While I will always cheer for her, her book is not that interesting and struggles in its points. I was bothered by the fact the she felt like "God owed her" for all the hard work that she put in. There is a theme of prosperity gospel throughout the book. I hope that she continues to do well, but her book could have been written better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Walker on June 15, 2013
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I enjoyed the journey to the Olympics as written by Gabby Douglas. It was an easy and adventurous read. I've gained new respect for all the training that gymnasts endure. I particularly enjoyed her connections to various passages in the Bible for inspiration. It almost felt like she was speaking to me directly. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that as a dream or goal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robert on December 26, 2012
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Very inspiring on how to face the tough issues of life. It brings out the importance of God and family when times are very difficult
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