An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars debuts July 3

McKenna fans will be so happy to know that the new McKenna movie -- An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars -- is coming out on arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download on July 3, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. It will also air on NBC on Saturday, July 14 at 8/7 PM CT.  The movie could not have come at a better time, with the US Olympics team trials for gymnastics set to begin at the end of June, and the Olympics itself in mid-July. Young gymnasts all across the country will have Team USA to dream about -- and now they'll have McKenna to inspire them! Here's a video of McKenna showing the determination of a true Olympian:

Here's the movie synopsis:
Meet McKenna Brooks, a determined and confident young gymnast, in this all-new, modern-day adventure. McKenna is on track to make the regional competitive gymnastics team, but off track in school, where she's suddenly struggling to keep up. When her teacher suggests a tutor, she's embarrassed and desperate to keep it a secret from her friends. Then a bad fall at the gym sidetracks her from her favorite sport. Will she recover in time to make the team? Can she succeed in school, too? McKenna needs to focus on her strengths to overcome her challenges — and, with the help of family and friends, find a way to believe in herself again.

Starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Ian Ziering (TV's “Beverly Hills, 90210”), and gymnastics champion Cathy Rigby, this heart-warming story will have the whole family cheering.

And here are the official character descriptions of McKenna and Toulane:
McKenna is an energetic, determined girl who lives for gymnastics—at least she thinks she does, until an injury and a wise tutor help her see that there are other things that she cares about, too. She’s goal-driven and wants to make her family proud, which is why she’s so embarrassed when her grades start to slip. At the gym, McKenna is super competitive, but she puts that competitiveness aside to support her teammates. She makes mistakes sometimes, but she always strives to be a good student, gymnast, and friend.

Toulane Thomas has been McKenna’s gymnastics teammate since the girls were three years old. A strong, competitive gymnast, Toulane pushes McKenna to stay on her game and do her best. Toulane is sometimes too competitive, though, and puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed and to live up to her mother’s expectations. Like McKenna, Toulane needs to learn about life “balance” and remember how to just have fun.

And since today, June 8, is Best Friends day, here is a video clip of best friends McKenna and Toulane!  Enjoy!

Disclosure: I will be receiving a review copy of the movie. Product information is provided by American Girl and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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