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Orca Muslim-Interest through July 2023

Eight Times Up
By (author): John Corr
John Corr


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Apr 09, 2019
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.5 in | 240 gr

Page Count:

224 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories|Aikido|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Martial arts|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism and anti-racism|Interest age: from c 9 years|Relating to Islamic / Muslim people and groups
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention 2019, Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Ten 2020, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended Hamilton Literary Awards 2020, Short-listed
  • Short Description
In this middle-grade novel, Riley's dad signs him up for aikido to help him manage his anxiety.
There is no such thing as perfect.

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.

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.

Sensei shows them all 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.

"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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