Courage to Soar
Courage to Soar  -     By: Simone Biles, Michelle Burford
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In Courage to Soar, Olympian gymnast Simone Biles shares details of her inspiring personal story, one filled with daily acts of courages that let her and can learn you to fulfilling lifelong dreams. There's more to Simone than nineteen medals---fourteen of them gold---and her Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the United States' 2016 Olympic Gymnastics team. Recommended for ages 13 years and older.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 031075948X
ISBN-13: 9780310759485

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Simone Biles' entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals -- fourteen of them gold -- and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story -- one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.

This official autobiography includes an embossed cover and 8-page, four-color photographic insert.

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  1. beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Symone Biles
    March 24, 2017
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    "Courage to Soar" is the autobiography of Simone Biles, multi gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics in gymnastics. Symone starts at a baby and goes through to present day. She covers memories, her life as a foster child and then adopted. She also tells of her love for gymnastics and her adventures, struggles, and achievements. Of course since, she is so young the book is rather short and a quick read. You could probably read it in a day if you wanted to. It is very enjoyable. She is a good writer and keeps the reader interested. Keep in mind, she is a gymnast and gymnastics is in this book a lot. She loooooves gymnastics! Which is great for the typical reader of this book, who probably does too. If you grabbed it randomly and don't care for sports, you should probably pick another. I, myself thought it was great. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com.
  2. jsrn18
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Keep soaring!
    January 15, 2017
    jsrn18
    Quality: 0
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    Really loved hearing Simone's story from her point of view. It is a well written book that outlines the good, bad, and ugly of her life to date.
  3. Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Courage to Soar
    January 4, 2017
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford, is the remarkable story of Simone Biles. It is not only the story of going from a child in foster care to a gold medalist in the Olympics, but also the story of exactly how that happened.

    Simone was born in Columbus, Ohio, but went to live with her grandparents in Texas shortly after ending up in foster care. They enrolled her in a gymnastics class shortly after, and the rest is history. She tells the story from the beginning to the victory in Rio de Janeiro, complete with all of her fears and struggles as she worked her way to the top.

    This was an amazing book. I very much enjoyed reading Simones story. It was filled with her personality and love for life, family, and gymnastics. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys gymnastics, friends, and family.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

  4. Kara Lynn
    WV
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not The Most Inspiring Read Unless A Fan of Her Sport or Her Strength
    December 29, 2016
    Kara Lynn
    WV
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Let me be honest - in the 2016 Olympics I wanted to watch the swimming and diving more then I wanted to see the gymnastics. I'm just not a huge fan of the sport so I didn't see Simone soar through the competitions before the Olympics or during.

    But my sister Korin did.

    I knew she'd appreciate reading Simon's story, so I chose the book and here I am - doing the review. So this is an unbiased review as can be since I wasn't a fan before haha.

    The question I had when awaiting for the arrival of this book was: Is it inspiring? And what will we learn about Miss Biles behind the beautiful smile and strength we see on TV?

    In Courage to Soar we begin with Simone as a young girl as she reminisces about her mother and how Simone and her siblings are later placed in foster homes. Her grandparents later become her parents and soon after while still very young, she begins to preform in tumbling and gymnastics. Simone also gives us the rundown on her first car at sixteen (with long awaited zebra print interior), her love for the Cheetah Girls and all those fun facts.

    One thing I really felt lacking was the spiritual content. Simone is Catholic so we learn about her Patron Saint, briefly hear about her going to church and praying but there weren't any skeletons in the closet. The focus of the book isn't spiritual but more physical and the journey to the 2016 Olympics.

    I think the book didn't resonate with me since I don't prefer the sport, but I think it will for many fans of Miss Biles, what she does, and for all those who saw her soar over the summer. To them, it truly may be inspiring.

    I got this book free from Booklook and Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review
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