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8 Great Novels to Celebrate National Gymnastics Day

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And I have it on good authority (or at least from Twitter) that I’m not alone

Book Riot’s own Kelly Jensen wrote a few years ago about the fact that she wanted

It’s weird to think that, since gymnastics are so full of power, of drama, and of

Thankfully, since 2016 when she wrote that piece, we’ve had quite a few novels set in that

We increasingly have memoirs by authors of colour: Grace, Gold and Glory by Gabrielle (“Gabby”) Douglas, Courage

I hope that in the future we’ll see more novels that reflect this new and improving

But in the meantime, let’s tumble into the pages of these novels

Or at least, that’s the plan — but that could all change when awful news comes out

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Gold medallist Shawn Johnson brings us this YA novel about a high school sophomore who is keeping

Which would be hard enough even without the super cute guy she’s just met…

Her family has given up much for, and been torn apart by, her Olympic dream

Hannah Orenstein is a former gymnast herself, so was able to bring a lot of great authentic

It’s about friendship, ambition, and female empowerment as much as it is about love

If you’re at all interested in gymnastics, chances are that, like me, you’ve watched Nadia

If you like the ballet novel Tiny Pretty Things and getting inside the heads of driven young

Her friendship with former gymnast Kyle helps her confront what happened, and heal

Kirkus calls this YA novel “a nuanced portrayal of disability, dance, and starting over

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