Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams
June 05, 2012
5.7 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Shawn Johnson has accomplished a lifetime of achievements that include winning four Olympic medals, writing a New York Times bestselling memoir, starting her own business, and establishing a career in broadcasting. Johnson is a 2007 World Champion gymnast, a 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics gold and silver medalist, and a 2006, 2007, and 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics gold and silver medalist, and a 2006, 2007, and 2008 gymnastics National Champion--all titles she attained by the time she turned sixteen. At the age of seventeen, she became the youngest-ever contestant on ABC's eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, and in May 2009 she was crowned champion. The Flip Side is Shawn Johnson's debut YA novel. Find out more at ShawnJohnson.com.
Nancy French is a three-time New York Times bestselling author. Visit www.NancyFrench.com.
Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Johnson has written an endearing memoir of her rise to winning three silver medals and one gold at age 16. Every bit as interesting are her accounts of coping with the aftermath of fame, both as an Olympic champion and as a reality-TV star on Dancing with the Stars. Among the details: slips on the balance beam in front of Olympic judges, spats with parents, learning to wear heels, and realizing that what looks good on TV--makeup and hair extensions--can look strange in person. Johnson's "balanced" beginnings seem almost too idyllic at the start of the book, but as her struggle toward Olympic glory plays out, we come to appreciate the sturdy values of parents who knew instinctively to honor her high energy and uniqueness. Johnson emerges as a powerhouse champion with a winning attitude, always making the best of circumstances, even an injury that could have ended her career. Her book celebrates both family love and faith in God as wellsprings of strength. A solid offering from a woman wiser than her years suggest she might be.--Booklist