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2016 Junior Library Guild Selection * 2017 ILA's Children's Choices Reading List Selection 

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.

"Karlin Gray did an amazing job with this book."—Olympic Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci


"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

"Gray's narrative is as sprightly as a gymnast's back flips. . . . [a] respectful, 40th-anniversary tribute to Comaneci's soaring achievements."—Kirkus Reviews

"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)

“The engaging story of a girl who worked hard through setbacks is complemented by ink and colored-pencil illustrations that match Nadia’s energy, capturing both her falls and her flights to Olympic perfect 10s.”—The Horn Book