by Jennifer Dutton
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Pub Date 24 Jan 2023 | Archive Date Not set
North Star Editions, Jolly Fish Press
What’s more terrifying than being forced into a coed combat wrestling martial art by your own mother? Sixth grade.
Angie Larson hates Jiu-Jitsu. Like many twelve-year-old girls, she fails to find the glamour in a martial art that embraces zero personal space and choking as an end goal. Seriously, people choke her, drip sweat on her face, and even wrap their legs around her neck. It’s the worst. Instead, she idolizes the seemingly perfect kids at her school who do “normal” activities like dance or soccer. But just when it seems like Angie is about to be accepted by them, her mom enrolls her in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament and begins a relationship with the sweatiest coach on the planet. And to make things more complicated, Angie develops a close friendship with a boy who is definitely not part of the “cool” crowd.
Angie must decide who she is while making some painful decisions both on and off the mat. Is she a dance girl, a soccer girl, a nothing girl . . . or a Jiu-Jitsu girl?
"This is a positive journey to true friendship and self-confidence, certain to appeal to martial arts fans." —School Library Journal
"Dutton graciously explores how being brave means being yourself with the power to own up to your mistakes and stand up for others in times of need." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Dutton’s no-holds-barred prose is visceral, raw, and real. Jiu-Jitsu Girl nails Angie’s high-stakes, high-impact journey of self-discovery.” —Monica Roe, author of Air
“Funny, visceral, and achingly relatable, Jiu-Jitsu Girl is a thrilling and empowering debut for anyone who’s felt invisible.” —Kellye Crocker, author of Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties
“Funny and relatable, Jiu-Jitsu Girl hits the sweet spot for tweens, with a valuable message about loving yourself and your own strengths.” —Amy Bearce, author of Paris on Repeat and Rome Reframed
“In this funny, empowering read, Angie discovers just how strong she can be—on and off the Jiu-Jitsu mats.” —Cathy Carr, author of 365 Days to Alaska
“As refreshingly poignant as it is humorous, Jiu-Jitsu Girl brilliantly captures the angst of growing up. A perfect fit for anyone who has ever struggled to find their place in the world.” —Ernesto Cisneros, author of Efrén Divided and Falling Short
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