"As a sports biography, and a story of a positive female role model, this book is a perfect 10 for any library!" —School Library Connection

"Based on the popularity of gymnastics in the United States and this year’s upcoming summer Olympics, this book will find a ready audience." —School Library Journal (A SLJ Popular Pick)

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"Gray debuts with a picture book biography of phenomenal Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, the star of the 1976 Olympic Games. . . . The jaunty narrative takes readers from Comaneci’s childhood through her first Olympics with lively illustrations in ink, watercolor, and pencil."—Publishers Weekly


NADIA: THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T SIT STILL
by Karlin Gray and illustrated by Christine Davenier


In the village of Onesti, Romania, a country rich with forests and mountains, there lived a girl who couldn't sit still. She loved to play with dolls, swim, play soccer, and climb trees. But she didn’t just climb the trees, she swung from branch to branch until her family would call her home: "Nadia!"

Nadia Comaneci went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games. Along the way, there was hard work, determination, and several imperfect moments. Following Nadia from her introduction to gymnastics to her first Olympics, this picture book celebrates the spirit of a champion and the energy of a little girl who couldn't sit still.

NADIA is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.