Christine Dzidrums holds a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from California State University, Fullerton. She previously co-wrote Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess and Yuna Kim: Ice Queen. Her first novel, Cutters Don't Cry, won a 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category. Christine also authored the picture book, Princess Dessabelle Makes a Friend. She recently competed her second novel, Kaylee: The 'What If ?' Game.
A children's biography and Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner, Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph will grab readers as they experience the thrilling path the popular gymnast from the Fierce Five took on her way to becoming Olympic Champion and America's Sweetheart.
Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
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.
A children’s biography filled with over 25 thrilling photos, Mike Trout: Baseball Sensation chronicles the New Jersey native’s rise from a toddler running the base paths to winning the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Award. Young readers will read about Trout’s childhood days when he played baseball in his family’s backyard, his high school basketball career and highlights from his Major League Baseball years.