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Gabby to Pen Inspirational Memoir
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Grand Rapids, Mich; :September 6, 2012 Zondervan announced today it has acquired world rights to Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, the first book by Olympic gold medalist and gymnastics sensation Gabby Douglas. The inspirational memoir, perfect for teens and adults, was acquired by HarperCollins' Lisa Sharkey, Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development, and is planned for a December 2012 hardcover release. Details about the second book by Gabby will be announced at a later date. The deal was negotiated by Sheryl Shade of Shade Global in collaboration with Frank Weimann of The Literary Group International. As a special feature, the book will include a poster of the gymnast.

Upon acquisition, Gabby Douglas said, "Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book. Of course, there'll be a lot of stories about gymnastics, but the book will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn't been easy. I want people to read my story and say, 'If Gabby can do it, I can do it too. Anything is possible.' I hope the book inspires others to go for their biggest dreams."

The 16-year-old Douglas captivated the country when she won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. She is the first African-American to win gold in the gymnastics all-around and the first American gymnast to win both the team gold and the all-around gold medal at the same Olympics.

"Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic Gold medals. The reason is her inner strength and strong faith. We are confident that this humble young woman will inspire a generation of her peers and beyond when they read her personal story," commented Sharkey.

In Gabby's book, the Olympic fan favorite gives readers a never-before-seen look at her life. Douglas will reveal how her modest upbringing rooted in family and faith has shaped her into the young woman and role model she is today, including personal reflections and memories from her childhood. Talking candidly about the difficulties she's faced while attempting to triumph on the world gymnastics stage, Gabby will touch on how her deep faith and the support of her family helped keep her focused throughout the intense scrutiny she faced in London while achieving her Olympic dreams. Through it all, Gabby's focus will be on how her life and the talents she has been blessed with are being used for a greater glory.

"Gabby's life and story will equip countless young people with the courage and motivation to move beyond 'life as it seems.' Her magnetic smile and poised demeanor set her apart. We could not be happier to work with Gabby and her family on this project," said Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher, Trade Books at Zondervan.
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