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My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

Elena Delle Donne has always forged her own path. During her first year of college, she walked away from a scholarship and chance to play for Geno Aurriema at UConn — the most prestigious women's college basketball program — so she could stay in her home state of Delaware and be close to her older sister, Lizzie, who has several disabilities and can only communicate through hand-over-hand signing.

Burned out and questioning her passion for basketball, she attended the University of Delaware and took up volleyball for a year. Eventually she found her way back to her first love, playing basketball for the Blue Hens, ultimately leading them, a mid-major team, to the Sweet Sixteen. She went on to become the second overall selection during the 2013 WNBA draft and the WNBA's 2015 MVP.

Elena Delle Donne delivers a powerful and motivational story of overcoming the challenges of competitive sports through balancing hard work and the support of a loving family.

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"While there is plenty of basketball for devotees of the game, Delle Donne gives equal time to the psychology of winning and losing, and she emphasizes that the difference between a great player and a good one is not just talent. Amid the motivational insights is nestled the tremendous support she has had from her white, middle-class family. Along with co-writer Durand, she pens a breezy, conversational narrative that goes down easily." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Elena Delle Donne, Sarah Durand
ISBN 1534412298
Publication Date Mar 12, 2019
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Language English