My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

Ages: 12 and upPublisher: Simon & Schuster


In her memoir “My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall,” Elena Delle Donne tells the inspirational story of making sacrifices for her family, overcoming health struggles, achieving hard-earned success, and ultimately embracing self-discovery on her journey from basketball child prodigy to Women’s National Basketball Association star.

While the 6-foot-5-inch Delle Donne, now 28, can put together a highlight reel of her accomplishments, including winning the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award and helping the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball team take home the Gold medal, there were lowlights along the way. In college, she contracted mono and then Lyme Disease, and battled that physically debilitating illness for years. Upon realizing her dream of playing for the legendary University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team and Coach Geno Auriemma, she suffered basketball burnout, questioned her passion for the game, and walked away from her scholarship, quitting basketball for a year.

Through it all, Delle Donne stayed true to her family-from her loving, always supportive parents to her severely disabled older sister, Lizzie.

Parents should know that while the book contains plenty of expected on-the-court anecdotes, motivational clich?s and jargon, it also covers some unusually stressful times-like the aftermath of a friend’s suicide, and when Delle Donne weighed the impact of coming out as a lesbian.

Yet, it’s Delle Donne’s unwavering love and commitment to Lizzie and to her family, even when it jeopardized her basketball career, that makes this so much more a heart story than just another hoops story.

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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