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Title:
Dominique Moceanu
Author:
Durrett, Deanne, 1940-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the personal life and gymnastics career of the youngest member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team that won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 3.0 31323.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.1 7 Quiz: 20632 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9781560060994
Format :
Book

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Discusses the personal life and gymnastics career of the youngest member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team that won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


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Gr 5-8-This book focuses on the gymnast's career under coach Bela Karolyi more than on her personal life (though her strenuous schedule does not allow for much of a personal life) and draws heavily on her autobiography (Bantam, 1996). Durrett provides details of her subject's early childhood and includes her recent "split" from her parents. The author reveals a family devoted (in the strongest sense) to Dominique's career. As former gymnasts themselves, the girl's parents, "...made a commitment to each other that their first born child would be an athlete, a gymnast...." Family lore recounts that before Dominique could walk, her parents placed her fists around a clothesline and let her hang on until she fell (they stood by to catch her). Dark and poorly reproduced black-and-white photos show Dominique, Karolyi, and other Olympic gymnasts, yet pictures of the athlete's family are notably absent. Some pictures seem out of place, such as the one of Karolyi in the first chapter when Dominique trains under LaFleur. Those interested in gymnastics will enjoy the detailed account of competitions, routines, scoring, etc., and may glean an appreciation for what it takes to become an Olympic champion.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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