There are some people—Mozart, King Tut, even Drew Barrymore—from whom we might have welcomed an autobiography written at age 14. But gymnastics star-of-the-moment Dominique Moceanu, whose eponymous effort, subtitled An American Champion and written with USA Today's Steve Woodward, lands in stores on June 17, may have vaulted into the literary arena too soon. She has, after all, competed at the senior level of gymnastics for only one year and just finished ninth grade.
At least the book, at an airy 112 pages, is in scale with its 4'5", 70-pound subject and author, who last year won the U.S. all-around title and is the leading American hope for a medal in an individual gymnastics event at the Atlanta Olympics. And all in all, Dominique provides an engaging account for eight-to 14-year-old readers (the book's target audience), leavening tales of her training and competition with opinions on a variety of subjects, including this trenchant take on her least favorite foods: "Onions, garlic, mushrooms, liver, squid—yuck to all of them!"
The question is, if she wins a gold medal this summer, can Volume II be far behind?