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Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still



by
Karlin Gray
illustrated by
Christine Davenier

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9780544319608

Awards and Honors
ILA Children’s Choices 2017 Reading List
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In 1976, Romanian athlete Nadia Comaneci became the first female gymnast to score a perfect ten at the Olympics—and before the games were over, she earned six more. Afterword. Time line. Source notes. Bibliography. Suggested Web sites. Full-color illustrations done in ink and colored pencil.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

AR

4.8: points 0.5

Lexile

900L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Aug 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Nadia Comă,neci (1961–, ). Gymnasts. Romania. Biography. Female athletes. The Olympics.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This picture book biography of Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci draws information from accounts written by Comaneci and her coach Bela Karolyi, as well as other sources, to present a somewhat idealized story of a lively little girl who became a champion. Climbing trees, roller skating, biking—Nadia is in constant movement until her mother lands upon the idea of signing her up for gymnastics lessons. Her ability at age six catches the attention of Karolyi, who, with his wife Marta, runs a gymnastics school. The text describes the dedication and years of practice that were required of Nadia, including even difficult moments, such as her 13th-place ranking at her first Romanian Junior National Championships competition. But the cheerful illustrations, rendered in ecoline and colored ink, with colored pencil accents, maintain a buoyant tone throughout. The pictures include a lot of energy, showing Nadia as upbeat and determined. If Comaneci suffered along her road to the Olympics, those details are left out. Several pages are devoted to her record-breaking performances at the 1976 Olympics. A brief afterword fills in later parts of her life, such as winning more medals at the 1980 Olympics and defecting from Romania in 1989. VERDICT Based on the popularity of gymnastics in the United States and this year’s upcoming summer Olympics, this book will find a ready audience.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

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School Library Journal

This picture book biography of Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci draws information from accounts written by Comaneci and her coach Bela Karolyi, as well as other sources, to present a somewhat idealized story of a lively little girl who became a champion. Climbing trees, roller skating, biking—Nadia is in constant movement until her mother lands upon the idea of signing her up for gymnastics lessons. Her ability at age six catches the attention of Karolyi, who, with his wife Marta, runs a gymnastics school. The text describes the dedication and years of practice that were required of Nadia, including even difficult moments, such as her 13th-place ranking at her first Romanian Junior National Championships competition. But the cheerful illustrations, rendered in ecoline and colored ink, with colored pencil accents, maintain a buoyant tone throughout. The pictures include a lot of energy, showing Nadia as upbeat and determined. If Comaneci suffered along her road to the Olympics, those details are left out. Several pages are devoted to her record-breaking performances at the 1976 Olympics. A brief afterword fills in later parts of her life, such as winning more medals at the 1980 Olympics and defecting from Romania in 1989. VERDICT Based on the popularity of gymnastics in the United States and this year’s upcoming summer Olympics, this book will find a ready audience.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

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