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In this first-ever illustrated picture book biography of the famous gymnast Nadia, debut author Karlin Gray traces Nadia Comaneci's journey from a small-town Romanian girl who did cartwheels in the schoolyard to five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the most talented and respected athletes in the world.

About the Author

Karlin Gray is a former promotions manager at HarperCollins and a SCBWI member. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still is her debut book.

Christine Davenier lives in Paris. She has also illustrated the Very Fairy Princess books by the actress Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.


2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List

"Karlin Gray did an amazing job with this book."--Nadia Comaneci

"Sprightly watercolor illustrations are both strong and springy, capturing Nadia's literal and metaphorical ups and downs as she works hard, fails, and picks herself up."

"As a sports biography, and a story of a positive female role model, this book is a perfect 10 for any library!"
--School Library Connection

"Based on the popularity of gymnastics in the United States and this year's upcoming summer Olympics, this book will find a ready audience."
--School Library Journal

"The jaunty narrative takes readers from Comaneci's childhood through her first Olympics with lively illustrations in ink, watercolor, and pencil."
--Publishers Weekly

"Poised for the 2016 Summer Games, this pays a respectful, 40th-anniversary tribute to Comaneci's soaring achievements."

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