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Eight Times Up
By (author): John Corr
9781459818613 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Apr 09, 2019
$10.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in 224 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention 2019, Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Ten 2020, Commended
There is no such thing as perfect.

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.

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.

Key Selling Points

"Funny, light stand alone middle grade novel about a young boy who learns to cope with his anxiety by learning the lesser known martial art, Aikido"

Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing. Sensei shows them how to use their opponent’s force to their advantage.

Includes a sub plot of Islamaphobia. Wafaa is a Muslim which used to do jujitsu and is more experienced at martial arts than Riley, but had to stop because she wasn’t allowed to wear her hijab

Riley learns from his mistakes as he must try over and over again to get the moves right.

First time novelist John Corr has a 3rd degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

"Addressing mental health with empathy…an unexpected lesson that shows 'learning to fall' is an important step in developing resilience." - Kirkus Reviews

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

"An interesting and engaging fast-paced read with strong, positive messages about self-control, self-improvement, and self-discipline." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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