Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance

Simone Biles (Author) Michelle Burford (With)
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In Courage to Soar, the official autobiography from four-time Olympic gold-winning and record-setting American gymnast Simone Biles, Simone shares how her faith, family, passion, and perseverance against tremendous odds made her one of the top athletes and record-breaking gymnasts in the world--and how you too can overcome challenges in your life.

Simone Biles' entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, along with drive to succeed no matter the obstacle, are what brought her to the national spotlight during the Olympic Games and have catapulted her ever since--including 25 World Championship medals. But there is more to Simone than the accomplishments.

In this book Simone shares:

  • how she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive
  • the ways she's continued competing at the highest level and having fun doing what she loves
  • behind-the-scenes looks at gymnastics events, including the Olympics
  • the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the U.S. Olympic team and worldwide stardom

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.

Courage to Soar

  • presents a positive role model for young girls
  • is an ideal gift for birthdays, holidays, or to celebrate important achievements
  • is perfect for school assignments and reports
  • contains an eight-page, full-color photo insert
  • is an inspirational story for fans of gymnastics, and anyone looking for motivation

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
5.9 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the Final Five at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, winning gold in vault, floor & individual all-around events. She also won the bronze medal for the balance beam during these Olympics. Biles is a three-time world all-around champion & world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, and four-time United States national all-around champion.

Michelle Burford is a celebrity ghostwriter and New York Times bestselling author. She holds a degree in English from Biola University and a master's in educational psychology from Harvard. After working for a number of years working in magazine publishing--including helping launch O, The Oprah Magazine--Burford coauthored Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas' memoir Grace, Gold, & Glory; singer Toni Braxton's Unbreak My Heart, and most recently Michelle Knight's heartrending story, Finding Me. She loves to travel and is a contributing author to Let's Go Greece.


Nineteen-year-old Biles, Olympic gold medalist and the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time, takes readers along her journey to the podium in this memoir. After spending her early childhood in and out of foster care, Biles was adopted by her biological grandparents. She began her gymnastics training at the age of six after a field trip to Bannon's Gymnastix, where the coaches quickly discovered that she "had what it took to go all the way." Biles describes not only her gymnastics training and career but also her personal life, including her grandmother's death, the difficult decisions she made in order to balance school and gymnastics, her "bratty period" in her early teens, and her love for her car, with its zebra-print interior. In recent years, Biles has won three consecutive world championship titles followed by her team gold and individual wins at the 2016 Olympics. Biles's narration is effervescent, showing her to be, as her brother says, "a goofy and down-to-earth kid." The tone is conversational and includes casual phrases such as "if you can't already tell" and "just kidding." She expresses appreciation for her family, friends, teammates, and coaches and frequently credits God and her faith for her success. One slight caveat: readers without background knowledge about gymnastics may not find the terminology to be adequately explained. VERDICT Essential for libraries serving tween and teen gymnastics fans.-Magdalena Teske, Naperville Public Library, IL--School Library Journal