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Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
Contributor(s): Raisman, Aly, Lawrence, Blythe (Conductor)
ISBN: 0316472700     ISBN-13: 9780316472708
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: November 2017
Annotation: The New York Times bestseller!

Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games--and beyond.

Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a "mommy & me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

Aly's road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she'd never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games--through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women gymnasts; United States; Biography.
Gymnasts; United States; Biography.
Women Olympic athletes; United States; Biography.
Dewey: 796.44092
LCCN: bl2017046405
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.50" (1.08 lbs) 358 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Aly Raisman is a gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast who captained the U.S. team to victories in 2012 and 2016. She has won six Olympic medals overall, and was a member of two gold-medal-winning World Championships teams. A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Aly's love for the sport can be traced back to a "mommy & me" gymnastics class she took as an eighteen-month-old. Aly is a leader on and off the floor, and a fierce advocate for body positivity.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
With Blythe Lawrence. Olympic medalwinning gymnast Raisman recounts her journey from tumbling toddler to extraordinary athlete in this conversational memoir. Raisman covers the grueling training, pressure to be perfect, and highs and lows of competition, and she sensitively discusses the sexual abuse from USA team doctor Larry Nassar. Hers is an empowering story, especially for girls in this era of #metoo. Includes an insert of color photos. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Late in this garden-variety sports memoir comes a revelation so heartbreaking it recasts everything Olympic gymnast Raisman has written about her journey from a toddler at a "Mommy and Me" tumbling class to captain of the gold medal–winning American teams at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Raisman alleges that the team doctor, Larry Nassar, sexually abused her under the guise of treating a nagging back injury, beginning when she was 15. The hurdles to Olympic glory were already high: grueling workouts, intense competition, battles with not just injury but the question of whether to report such an injury, since it might mean being passed over. The need to appear perfect in the presence of Martha Karolyi, head coach of the U.S. team, already produced constant pressure; then, a year before the 2016 Olympics, an investigator started asking questions about Nassar (currently imprisoned on child pornography charges). Raisman, who made up for any shortcomings by outworking everybody else, could not simply outwork this. Her inspirational story for young gymnasts becomes a cautionary tale about the importance of speaking up when something—or someone—is making you uncomfortable. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)

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