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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2019
ISBN:9781459818637
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Eight Times Up

by John Corr

tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, martial arts, prejudice & racism
Description

Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. His dad signs him up for aikido, hoping it will help.
In the dojo, Riley meets boys who are much rougher than he is and a girl who is tougher than all the rest of them put together. For Wafaa, aikido is not her first choice. She was disqualified from competing in judo for wearing a hijab. From the first time she steps on the mat, it's clear she is far more skilled than anyone expected.
Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing or about being perfect. Sensei shows them how to tap into their inner strength and find their place in the universe.

About the Author
John Corr has a third-degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido as well as a PhD in English from McMaster University. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and three sons.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Ten
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention
Editorial Reviews

&quotAddressing mental health with empathy…an unexpected lesson that shows 'learning to fall' is an important step in developing resilience.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews

"An interesting and engaging fast-paced read with strong, positive messages about self-control, self-improvement, and self-discipline."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Ideal for martial arts fans looking for fiction that reflects their world, or else fictional guidance on relieving anxiety. Recommended."

— School Library Connection

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