New Release Books by Leah Rendon

Leah Rendon is the author of Shawn Johnson: Gymnastics' Golden Girl (2016), Matt Kemp: True Blue Baseball Star: Sportstars (2013), Joannie Rochette (2010), Yuna Kim: Ice Queen (2011) and , Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess (Second Edition) (2010).

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Shawn Johnson: Gymnastics' Golden Girl

release date: Jun 10, 2016
Shawn Johnson: Gymnastics' Golden Girl
Shawn Johnson, the young woman from Des Moines, Iowa, captivated the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she snagged a gold medal on the balance beam. Shawn Johnson: Gymnastics' Golden Girl chronicles the life and career of one of sport's most beloved athletes.

Matt Kemp: True Blue Baseball Star: Sportstars

release date: Jul 01, 2013
Matt Kemp: True Blue Baseball Star: Sportstars
All-Star, Gold Glove Winner and Silver Slugger! Outfielder Matt Kemp is one of the most successful players in Los Angeles Dodgers history. A five-tool player, the star athlete excels at hitting for average, power, baserunning, throwing, and fielding. He is also one of the most respected and beloved athletes of his generation. A children's biography, Matt Kemp: True Blue Baseball Star chronicles the life story of the baseball superstar. Young readers will be inspired to read the tale of how the talented kid from Oklahoma overcame family struggles to become an upstanding role model and All-Star slugger. The King of Chavez Ravine, Matt Kemp will inspire young readers of all ages.

Joannie Rochette

release date: Oct 23, 2010
Joannie Rochette
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Joannie Rochette was thrust into the international spotlight when her beloved mother died two days before the ladies short program. The world held their breath for the bereaved figure skater when she opted to compete in her mom's memory. Joannie then captured hearts everywhere when she courageously skated two moving programs to win the Olympic bronze medal. Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess reveals answers to ice skating enthusiasts' most asked questions. Why did Joannie move away from home at a young age? How did her split and subsequent reunion with her beloved coach Manon Perron ultimately ignite her career? How did Joannie cope in the hours following her mother's death? Read the moving story of how Joannie Rochette overcame physical injuries, self-confidence issues and family tragedy to become the inspirational darling of the Vancouver Olympics.

Yuna Kim: Ice Queen

release date: Apr 30, 2011
Yuna Kim: Ice Queen
Meet figure skating's biggest star: Yuna Kim. The Korean trailblazer produced two legendary performances at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to win the gold medal in convincing fashion. Yuna Kim: Ice Queen, the second book in the Skate Stars series, uncovers the compelling story of how the beloved figure skater overcame poor training conditions, various injuries and numerous other obstacles to become world and Olympic champion.

Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess (Second Edition)

release date: Mar 01, 2010
Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess (Second Edition)
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Joannie Rochette was thrust into the international spotlight when her beloved mother died two days before the ladies short program. The world held their breath for the bereaved figure skater when she opted to compete in her mom's memory. Joannie then captured hearts everywhere when she courageously skated two moving programs to win the Olympic bronze medal. Joannie Rochette: Canadian Ice Princess reveals answers to ice skating enthusiasts' most asked questions. Why did Joannie move away from home at a young age? How did her split and subsequent reunion with her beloved coach Manon Perron ultimately ignite her career? How did Joannie cope in the hours following her mother's death? Read the moving story of how Joannie Rochette overcame physical injuries, self-confidence issues and family tragedy to become the inspirational darling of the Vancouver Olympics.
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